MINNEAPOLIS -- The Astros placed left-hander pitcher Tony Sipp on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with right oblique soreness and recalled right-hander James Hoyt from Triple-A Fresno. The move is retroactive to Sunday.Astros manager AJ Hinch said he anticipates Sipp's DL stint to not last beyond the 10 days. Sipp,
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Astros placed left-hander pitcher Tony Sipp on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with right oblique soreness and recalled right-hander James Hoyt from Triple-A Fresno. The move is retroactive to Sunday.
Astros manager AJ Hinch said he anticipates Sipp's DL stint to not last beyond the 10 days. Sipp, who hasn't been available for a couple of days, has appeared in two games this year, allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings.
"We just decided that, given the way pitching can go, we can't afford to sit on someone for five or six days," Hinch said. "We didn't think he was going to be available this series and by the time he throws a bullpen [session] and gets into a game at the tail end of the next series, that's too long."
The moves leave the Astros with an all right-handed bullpen. In Monday's 2-0 win over the Twins, right-hander Chris Devenski came into the game to face four consecutive left-handed hitters. Devenski led the Majors in opposing batting average against lefties last year (.111), and Hinch has other options to get lefties out as well in Will Harris, Brad Peacock and Hector Rondon.
"Really, the handedness side is nice if you have it, but you want guys to be good at it and get guys out," Hinch said. "We have some matchup guys. Hoyt can get lefties out with his split. Maybe it doesn't lead you with the path of bringing in guys you're used to bringing in, like a left-on-left matchup, but so be it."
Hoyt, 31, started the season on a Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Fresno and was activated a few days ago. He had thrown only one inning for the Grizzlies this year after allowing nine runs and 12 hits in 8 1/3 innings in the spring.
"It was kind of a tricky injury, the oblique, and I wanted to rush it to make sure I had the opportunity to come back up here whenever they needed me," Hoyt said. "At the same time, I didn't want to put myself in a position to have it linger all year. I feel good and left West Palm [Beach] feeling good and got in a good outing [for Fresno] in Reno."
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