With second baseman Jose Altuve bothered by a sore left quad that will cut into his playing time, the Astros recalled shortstop Marwin Gonzalez from Triple A Oklahoma City shortly after Houston’s 5-4 win at Oakland late Tuesday night.
To make room for Gonzalez, the Astros optioned right-handed reliever Jorge De Leon to Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez will be available for Wednesday’s game at Oakland.
In 54 games with the Astros this season the switch-hitting Gonzalez hit .230 with four home runs, 21 runs and 14 RBIs and five stolen bases. The 24-year-old is best known for breaking up Yu Darvish’s perfect-game bid with two outs in the ninth inning on April 2 at Minute Maid Park.
In 44 games at Oklahoma City, Gonzalez was hitting .262 with 16 runs, 14 RBIs and four stolen bases.
De Leon’s stay with Houston was brief. He had his contract selected from OKC on Wednesday and the 25-year-old made his major league debut on Friday against Texas, allowing two runs in 1 1/3 innings. He last pitched on Sunday against Texas, pitching one-third of an inning.