09/01/2011 9:30 PM ET
Astros add seven players to Major League roster
Del Rosario, Harrell, Johnson, Lyles, Shuck, Towles and Wallace to be in uniform Friday
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced tonight that the club will recall right-handed pitchers Lucas Harrell and Jordan Lyles, infielders Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace, outfielder J.B. Shuck and catcher J.R. Towles. The club will also activate right-handed pitcher Enerio Del Rosario from the 15-day Disabled List. All seven players, who will report to the club on Friday, were playing at Triple A Oklahoma City. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Ed Wade.
Del Rosario, 25, is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA (23ER/46IP) in 44 relief appearances for Houston this season. Del Rosario, a rookie, had been with the Astros all season before going on the Disabled List on August 6 with a right shoulder strain. He recently made four appearances on a rehab assignment, posting a 2.25 ERA (1ER/4IP) in 4.0 innings pitched combined between the Gulf Coast League Astros (1g) and Oklahoma City (3g). Del Rosario was a September call-up by the Astros last season after being acquired from Cincinnati for cash on September 16, 2010.
Harrell, 26, who was previously announced as a September call-up, will start for the Astros on Friday night. A waiver claim by Houston from Chicago (AL) in June, Harrell appeared in three relief outings for the White Sox earlier this season, posting a 7.20 ERA (4ER/5IP). He has 11 Major League appearances overall, including three starts, with a 1-0 record and a 5.28 ERA (17ER/29IP). This season, Harrell owns a 12-5 record and a 2.63 ERA (37ER/126.2IP) in 22 games, 21 starts, at the Triple A level. During his time with Oklahoma City, he went 5-2 with a 1.72 ERA (10ER/52.1IP) in nine starts.
Johnson, 26, returns to the Astros after spending the last month with Oklahoma City. He was the Astros Opening Day third baseman and hit .245 (84x343) with six homers and 36 RBI in 92 games before being optioned to Triple A on July 31. As a RedHawk, Johnson hit .272 (22x81) with seven doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI in 21 games. He was a fourth-round pick of the Astros from the June 2006 Draft.
Lyles, a starting pitcher, was optioned to Triple A on August 21 and moved into a relief role in an effort to monitor the amount of innings pitched for the 20-year-old right-hander this season. He spent nearly three months in the Astros rotation after making his debut on May 31 and posted a 2-7 record with a 5.02 ERA (50ER/89.2IP) in 15 starts. Overall, Lyles has pitched 152.0 innings, including 3.1 since being optioned. In his time at Triple A this season, Lyles has gone 3-3 with a 3.61 ERA (25ER/62.1IP). A first-round supplemental draft pick by Houston, Lyles was the 38th player selected overall in 2008.
Shuck, 24, played most of August in an Astros uniform and hit .250 (11x44) with a .340 on-base percentage in 16 games before being optioned back to Oklahoma City on August 24. During his time at the Triple level this season, the Pacific Coast League All-Star has hit .297 (105x354) with a .398 OBP and 30 RBI in 108 games. He was the Astros sixth-round pick in the June 2008 Draft.
Towles, 27, will become the Astros third catcher in September after hitting .276 (29x105) with three homers and 11 RBI in 35 games with Oklahoma City this season. He began the year with Houston, splitting catching duties with Humberto Quintero, before being optioned to Triple A on July 6. During his time with Houston, Towles hit .180 (23x128) with three homers and 10 RBI in 44 games.
Wallace, 25, returns to Houston after hitting .356 (37x104) with a .437 OBP, 10 doubles, one homer and 24 RBI in 28 games for Oklahoma City. He was optioned to Triple A after spending the first four months of the season with the Astros and compiling a .268 (85x317) batting average with 22 doubles, four homers and 26 RBI in 101 games. The left-handed hitting first baseman was acquired by Houston from Toronto in exchange for outfielder Anthony Gose, in a related deal following the Astros trade of Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia on July 29, 2010.
Since all seven players were already on the Astros 40-man roster, the club's 40-man will remain at 39. All stats are through August 31.