10/30/12 5:14 PM ET
Downs designated for assignment by Astros
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
Downs, claimed off waivers from the Giants on Aug. 25, 2010, had a terrific '11 season, hitting .276 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs in just 199 at-bats while playing all over the infield and even the outfield, but he struggled to hit for a high average in limited playing time this year.
This is the time of year when teams clear space on their 40-man roster in advance of free agency and having to protect players prior to the Rule 5 Draft. General manager Jeff Luhnow couldn't be reached for comment.