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

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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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