Astros put Gustave on DL; Hoyt gets chance

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HOUSTON — The Astros made their first roster move of the regular season Thursday morning, placing right-handed reliever Jandel Gustave on the 10-day disabled list and recalling right-hander James Hoyt from Triple-A Fresno. Gustave has right forearm tightness, the team said.

Hoyt and Gustave were battling for the final spot in the bullpen this spring, with Gustave getting the edge. Gustave appeared in six games for the Astros, allowing five hits, four runs (three earned) and seven walks while striking out two batters in five innings.

Hoyt appeared in five games for Fresno, allowing one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts in five scoreless innings. He made his Major League debut last year at 29 years old, and he posted a 4.50 ERA in 22 games for the Astros, striking out 28 batters and giving up 16 hits in 22 innings.

Hoyt throws a mid-90s fastball and has a good slider, but his out pitch is a split-finger he throws down in the zone. He gives manager A.J. Hinch a weapon to get out both right-handers (.196 average against last year) and left-handers (.212).

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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