Astros Recall Melancon from Round Rock; Option WrightAugust 9, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express
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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