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Astros call up Brad Peacock, demote James Hoyt

BALTIMORE – With a bullpen in need of a fresh arm and James Hoyt having struggled in three of his plast four outings, the Astros sent the 29-year-old reliever back down to Class AAA Fresno and recalled Brad Peacock. Hoyt was essentially the odd man out, having thrown 51 total pitches over Wednesday and Thursday. But the move hopefully allows him to find the form that led to a 1.62 ERA and 28 saves in 31 opportunities at Fresno before he was called up Aug. 3. „He was a four-seam fastball, split, slider guy who dominated the minors, and I think he came up here and altered his gameplan a little bit and got burned by it,“ Astros manager A.J. Hinch said before Friday’s game, adding Hoyt will return in September if not sooner. „We think he’s got a chance to impact our bullpen, but today, we needed a fresh arm.“ Hoyt allowed one run and struck out seven of the 21 batters he faced in his first five outings with the Astros. In his next four, he only recorded two strikeouts and allowed six runs, including four Thursday on back-to-back home runs. Peacock joined the Astros two weeks ago when Doug Fister went on paternity leave, but didn’t see any action Curt Schilling Jersey. He’s 5-6 with a 4.23 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 21 starts for Fresno. The Astros haven’t had a starter get through six innings since rookie Joe Musgrove threw seven Aug. 12 at Toronto. He and Collin McHugh each threw 5 1 3 innings in their most recent starts, while Fister didn’t make it out of the fifth Wednesday against the Cardinals. The result is more bullpen use. Lefthander Tony Sipp faced six batters over two innings Wednesday, throwing the most pitches he’s thrown (27) since the second game of the season. Michael Feliz has thrown 25 or more pitches in each of past three outings. „We’re at our best when our starters are getting us at least into the sixth and seventh, and now we’re having a hard time getting through four and five innings,“ Hinch said. „It’s never ideal for your staff when your starters take it on the chin https://www.diamondbacksstore.com/Yasmany_Tomas_Replica_Jersey-149. You’re usually playing from behind, you’re usually depleting your bullpen, guys are getting extended a little bit further than you like. „I’ve had to use some of our primary relievers in some non-leverage roles, which is not ideal. So our pitching staff is a little beat-up right now, but a good start or two in a row can quickly correct that.”

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