Houston’s primary designated hitter, Tyler White, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Monday’s 1-0 loss to the Twins and has gone hitless in two consecutive games since reaching in seven consecutive plate appearances over the weekend. He has a .377 on-base percentage but has yet to drive in a run.
Still, the Astros entered Tuesday ranked fifth in the American League with an .827 OPS at designated hitter. After White, Springer (six), Brantley (five) and Tony Kemp (four) have started the most games at DH. Brantley has flourished, hitting .450 (9-for-20), and Springer is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with four homers at DH.
Minor League infielder J.J. Matijevic, the Astros’ No. 22-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Matijevic, who was playing at Double-A Corpus Christi, was hitting .240 with two homers and seven RBIs in 19 games for the Hooks. He was selected in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of the University of Arizona.
Last year, Matijevic hit a combined .277 with a .350 on-base percentage with 22 homers and 62 RBIs at Class A Quad Cities and Buies Creek. He’s a career .257 hitter with 31 homers and 100 RBIs in 179 games in the Astros' system.