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Gregerson on leave; Wojciechowski recalled

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ANAHEIM -- The Astros placed closer Luke Gregerson on the family medical emergency list Friday and recalled right-hander Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A Fresno. Wojciechowski, who was in uniform Friday, will pitch in middle and long relief.

Gregerson, who recorded his seventh save of the season in Thursday's win, can remain on the list for three to seven days. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Gregerson could return to the team as early as Tuesday against the Giants.

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ANAHEIM -- The Astros placed closer Luke Gregerson on the family medical emergency list Friday and recalled right-hander Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A Fresno. Wojciechowski, who was in uniform Friday, will pitch in middle and long relief.

Gregerson, who recorded his seventh save of the season in Thursday's win, can remain on the list for three to seven days. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Gregerson could return to the team as early as Tuesday against the Giants.

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"Obviously, Luke is dealing with a very private matter and has left the game for a couple of days and will be gone for the rest of this series," Hinch said. "We hope to have him back when we return home next week. Our thoughts are with Luke. I'm very proud for how he handled last night closing out the game, and now he's with his family today."

Hinch said Chad Qualls will get the first shot at closing games if the matchup is right. Qualls was the Astros' closer last year.

"I've turned to him before when Luke's been unavailable," Hinch said. "Tony Sipp can do it, Pat Neshek, if the right pocket [in the order] is there. I have confidence in him. We'll probably match up for the most part for the next couple of games."

This marks Wojciechowski's third stint with the Astros this season. He won a spot in the starting rotation to start the year and was sent down after making one start and pitching once in relief. He was called up April 17 and made a pair of starts, throwing four innings each time. The Astros won both of those games, but Wojciechowski doesn't have a win yet.

In four Major League appearances (all this year), Wojciechowski has pitched four innings each time, including four in relief on April 13. His only appearance for Fresno this year was a start Friday at Tacoma in which he allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

"I think the biggest thing is staying consistent within my delivery," he said. "There was times when I was up there I was coming up out of my delivery and leaving pitches over the plate and not executing pitches. I went down and made a start and did pretty well and just kind of focused on repeating my delivery and staying within my mechanics and just executing pitches."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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