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Clippard wastes no time connecting with Astros

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PHOENIX -- When Tyler Clippard received a call from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn on Sunday and was informed that he had been traded to the Astros, he decided he wanted to break the news himself for once.

Each time he had been traded in the past, Clippard had found out via some combination of news reports or social media. So when he got off the phone with Hahn, he immediately went to Instagram and changed his bio to "Play for the Houston Astros, love all things golf!"

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PHOENIX -- When Tyler Clippard received a call from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn on Sunday and was informed that he had been traded to the Astros, he decided he wanted to break the news himself for once.

Each time he had been traded in the past, Clippard had found out via some combination of news reports or social media. So when he got off the phone with Hahn, he immediately went to Instagram and changed his bio to "Play for the Houston Astros, love all things golf!"

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"Usually in the past -- I've been traded a lot -- every trade that I've ever been a part of, I've found out through media sources and TV and other people already knew," Clippard said before making his Astros debut in Monday's 2-0 loss to the D-backs. "Even before I got phone calls from the general managers of these clubs. So I was always really impressed by that and kind of confused as to how that could happen, and so this time I took the liberties to kind of break the news on my own. So that felt good to know something before the whole world knew."

Clippard, who allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one in an inning Monday, is another addition to a Houston bullpen that has made several attempts to improve over the last few weeks. The Astros owned a bullpen ERA of 4.26 going into Monday, which ranked No. 19 in the Majors. They also acquired Francisco Liriano at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"He brings a lot of experience," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Clippard. "He brings the ability to get both sides out, some late-game experience, some mid-game experience. Overall, just another option so we can continue to put good relievers in."

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Clippard, who was traded from the Yankees to the White Sox on July 18, is 2-6 with a 4.27 ERA this season with New York and Chicago. In August, he has thrown 5 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out seven.

"Obviously a nice boost for our bullpen that's been used a lot," Hinch said. "He's a guy who likes to throw a lot. He's been really, really good since he joined the White Sox; I think his last 10 or 12 games, he's been a really dominant reliever. So he'll be a nice addition."

The Astros optioned left-handed pitcher Reymin Guduan to Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

Correa on road to recovery

Carlos Correa swung a bat Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list July 18 with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

The 2015 American League Rookie of the Year took 25 swings off a tee and also took ground balls at shortstop and ran the bases at Chase Field when the Astros arrived for a two-game set with the D-backs.

"I felt good," Correa said. "Swung hard and it didn't bother me at all. So it's a good start. ... Going to keep doing it for this week and see how the thumb starts feeling. They expect it to be a little sore because I haven't swung in a while, but I feel like today was a great start."

Correa said he feels ahead of schedule in his recovery process and that he is still on track to return sometime in September.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Astros on Monday.

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