Apr 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Robbie Grossman (19) catches a fly ball during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Call Up Robbie Grossman, Option L.J. Hoes To OKC

The Houston Astros have announced that they have called up Robbie Grossman from Triple-A OKC. L.J. Hoes was sent down to make room on the roster.

Grossman hit just .125 in his first 14 games of the 2014 before being sent down to Oklahoma City. With the Redhawks, Grossman improved to hit .299 along with a .373 OBP.

The 24-year old hit three home runs and 12 doubles, and stole four bases in his 34 games with the RedHawks. The Astros have said that Grossman will be the team’s everyday left fielder.

Hoes started the season hot but has cooled down since. Over 67 at-bats this season, Hoes is hitting just .209 with two home runs and a .633 OPS. The 24-year old was out of the lineup most of the week and needed at bats. The Astros were wise to finally send him down for everyday playing time with the RedHawks.

The Astros outfield will now feature Grossman in left field, along with Dexter Fowler in center field and George Springer in right field. Grossman fits well at the top of the lineup with his ability to get on base, but the Astros offense has been hitting well when they feature Jose Altuve, Springer, and Fowler at the top of the order. It will be interesting to see where Bo Porter slots Grossman in the lineup.

Alex Presley will be the team’s fourth outfielder, while Chris Carter and Marc Krauss are the team’s extra outfielders.

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