This move would seem to bode poorly for Alex Bregman, who left Wednesday's game with right hamstring discomfort. Moran was passed over for a September callup initially as he mostly struggled throughout the year with Fresno (.697 OPS) and flopped in a brief audition with the major league club in May. He will merely provide infield depth over the final few weeks.
Moran was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Monday.
Moran will head back to Triple-A to free up a roster spot for Carlos Gomez, who has been activated from the disabled list. The 23-year-old got his first taste of major league action this season, going 2-for-19 at the plate across six appearances. At Fresno, he holds a healthy .288/.331/.416 slash line in 125 at-bats.
Moran is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After starting the first two games of the series, Moran will give way to Luis Valbuena at third base Sunday. Moran has gotten off to a modest 2-for-19 start to his big-league career, but he figures to earn at least a few more opportunities to see regular at-bats until the Astros pull the plug.
Moran went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Angels on Friday.
Moran's two runs in the ninth inning accounted for the entire Houston offense in this game, and he also collected his first two hits of the season in the process. The 23-year-old also didn't struck out, so by all standards it was his best game of the season thus far.
Moran is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.
The Astros face right-hander Tyler Wilson, but the left-handed hitting Moran will take a seat on the bench in favor of Luis Valbuena. The 23-year-old rookie remains hitless with six strikeouts in 13 big league plate appearances thus far. If his hitting woes continue, he's likely to head back to Triple-A Fresno once Carlos Gomez (ribs) is ready to return.
|10/2/2016 vs Los Angeles|
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|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||96||366||47||112||25||2||9||67||43||79||1||0||.381||.459||.306|