Astros to call up Robbie Grossman to replace Alex Presley, who’s going on DL with strained oblique.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 8, 2014
This injury just so happened to be around the time Presley was just starting to come around at the plate.
Since June 27th, Alex was hitting .342 to bring up his average to .252 on the season to go with 5 HR, 13 RBI, and a .650 OPS.
Grossman will now be given another opportunity to prove he belongs on the major league roster. But first he must improve upon his major league level production of .158/.273/.268. That is a far cry from his 2013 stat line of .268/.332/.370.
But if you go by his most current minor league numbers it seems he may have a shot.
Throughout his 44 games with the RedHawks over numerous stints this season, Robbie has maintained a stat line of .337/.417/.497 while hitting 4 HR and 15 RBI.
If Grossman can provide that type of production to the Astros then that would be a much needed shot to the arm for the squad.
While Dexter Fowler and George Springer have held their own in center and right field respectively, left field has remain an abyss. Even with the constant shuffling of Grossman, L.J. Hoes, and Presley, the Astros have yet to receive adequate production needed for any of the aforementioned players to be named a full-time starter.
But who knows, maybe all Grossman needed was a little bit more time with Oklahoma City to solve his issues. Hopefully he can deliver for the team like he did at times during the 2013 season.