The Astros have added reliever Joe Thatcher to the active roster on Tuesday. Thatcher was designated for assignment by the Astros at the end of July, and elected free agency rather than head to the minors. But, a week later he inked a minior-league deal with the Astros, and had been pitching with Triple-A Fresno. In nine games with Fresno, he posted a 1.04 ERA. To clear room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Jake Buchanan was designated for assignment.
The Astros re-signed pitcher Joe Thatcher and assigned him to Triple-A, the team announced Wednesday. Thatcher was designated for assignment last week, but elected free agency. He produced a 3.79 ERA over 19 innings of work.
Former Astros pitcher Joe Thatcher has chosen to be a free agent after clearing waivers Tuesday, the team announced. Thatcher was recently designated for assignment after posting a 3.79 ERA over 19 innings of work.
The Astros have officially recalled right-hander Vincent Velasquez from Double-A Corpus Christi to start Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. Velasquez was optioned down to the minors following is his last start, and did not appear in a game over the All-Star break. In a corresponding move, reliever Joe Thatcher was designated for assignment on Tuesday.
The Astros have added pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Joe Thatcher to the Opening Day roster and designated pitcher Alex White for assignment, the team announced Saturday. Hernandez is set to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter in the rotation while Thatcher is likely to come out of the bullpen after signing a minor-league deal in February. Hernandez posted a 3.71 ERA with five strikeouts and seven walks in five appearances while Thatcher posted a 1.13 ERA with six strikeouts in nine appearances. White struggled in his three appearances this spring, posting a 15.75 ERA with no strikeouts and six walks.