Gregerson (bereavement) was activated off the family medical emergency list Friday. Gregerson returns to the Astros bullpen in time for the start of their series against the Reds. Prior to being placed on the family medical emergency list, Gregerson had struggled mightily and lost his hold on the closer's role. There is an open competition between Gregerson and Will Harris for the closer's role, so that may continue to be an unsettled situation for the time being. Tyler White was optioned to Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move Friday with Gregerson returning to the team.
Gregerson was placed on the family medical emergency list on Tuesday. It is unclear when exactly Gregerson will be able to return, but there will likely be updates on his status in the near future. His absence means that Will Harris could get more save opportunities for the Astros.
Gregerson was told by manager A.J. Hinch that he would not close Sunday, Julia Morales of ROOT Sports reports. Gregerson has now blown consecutive save opportunities, which looks to have placed his role as the closer in jeopardy. In Sunday's save situation, Hinch elected to use right-hander Will Harris instead, and Harris came through with a perfect ninth frame that included one strikeout. Hinch insists that he isn't naming a closer for now, and plans to allow several options, including Gregerson, to compete for the job over the coming weeks.
Gregerson will be unavailable out of the Astros' bullpen for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks, Angel Verdejo Jr. of the Houston Chronicle reports. Gregerson pitched in four of the past five games prior to Thursday's contest, picking up three saves during that span while allowing his fourth blown save of the season Wednesday. The Astros will likely send out Ken Giles or Will Harris to the mound in the event of a save situation, according to what the matchups dictate.
Gregerson was tagged with his fourth blown save Wednesday after allowing three runs on two hits and a hit batsman while recording just one out against the Diamondbacks. He pegged Jean Segura, then gave up a run-scoring double to Michael Bourn and a two-run homer to Jake Lamb, erasing a 4-1 lead. The Astros went on to win in 11 anyway, but it's got to be a concern for Gregerson owners that his ERA has now popped over the 4.00 mark while his 13-for-17 record in save chances isn't that impressive. Ken Giles still hasn't quite put it together well enough to be threatening his job, but Gregerson can't count on that -- he needs to be more a consistent and reliable ninth-inning presence.