Apr 29, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Raul Valdes (44) pitches during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros DFA Raul Valdes, Call Up Darin Downs

The Houston Astros announced they have DFA’d (designated for assignment) Raul Valdes and have called up Darin Downs from Triple-A OKC. Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) hinted towards a move a bit earlier in the morning.

Valdes, 36, finished with a 12.27 ERA and 2.18 WHIP in 3.2 innings pitched. He somehow managed to make eight different appearances, not getting a single out in two of them. He had one save this season, to go along with a hold and a blown save. The writing was on the wall once the Astros signed LHP Tony Sipp to a major-league deal.

Downs, 29, holds a 4.34 career MLB ERA in 56 total innings with the Detroit Tigers. The lefty was with the Oklahoma City RedHawks to start the season and amassed a 5.54 ERA in 13 innings with the club. Downs was claimed by the Astros early in the offseason in hopes of finding a serviceable LOOGY. He’ll have his shot now, but don’t expect him to have a long leash.

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