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Astros Recall Melancon from Round Rock; Option Wright

August 9, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Round Rock Express

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today that the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon from Triple A Round Rock. To make room for Melancon on the active roster, the club has optioned left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright to Triple A. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Ed Wade.

Melancon, 25, was acquired by Houston on July 31 along with infielder Jimmy Paredes from the New York Yankees in exchange for first baseman Lance Berkman. Melancon (#54) will join the club in time for tonight's game and will pitch out of the bullpen. He's made two appearances for the Yankees this season, posting a 9.00 ERA (4ER/4IP). Melancon has spent most of his 2010 campaign at the Triple A level, appearing in 43 games combined between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Round Rock, posting a 7-1 record with seven saves and a 3.41 ERA (23ER/60.2IP). In 15 Major League appearances, all coming with the Yankees in 2009-10, Melancon owns an 0-1 record with a 4.87 ERA (11ER/20.1IP).

Wright, 25, has posted a 1-2 record and a 6.28 ERA (20ER/28.2IP) in 10 games, four starts, for the Astros this season. He's been working out of the rotation since his most recent recall from Triple A on July 20.

To fill Wright's spot in the starting rotation, the Astros will go with right-handed pitcher Nelson Figueroa, who's now scheduled to start Saturday vs. Pittsburgh. Figueroa owns a 3-1 record and a 3.38 ERA (14ER/37.1IP) in 21 games, one start, with Houston and Philadelphia combined this season.

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