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Astros option Hoyt ahead of Sipp's return

April 18, 2018

SEATTLE -- The Astros optioned right-handed pitcher James Hoyt to Triple-A Fresno after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Mariners in anticipation of activating lefty reliever Tony Sipp from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game."A tough team to crack for James," manager AJ Hinch said. "He really deserves to

SEATTLE -- The Astros optioned right-handed pitcher James Hoyt to Triple-A Fresno after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Mariners in anticipation of activating lefty reliever Tony Sipp from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game.
"A tough team to crack for James," manager AJ Hinch said. "He really deserves to be here."
Sipp, 34, tested his recovery from a strained right oblique muscle Monday by throwing a bullpen workout. He was placed on the DL April 10 retroactive to April 8.
Hoyt, 31, gave up a hit and a walk over one-third of an inning in his only appearance following his April 10 recall from Fresno.

Bob Dutton is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle.