Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Fisher was sent back to the minors in exchange for a fresh bullpen arm (Rogelio Armenteros) following Houston's extra-innings loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. The outfielder will be a candidate to return when an additional bench bat is needed, though he doesn't figure to see many opportunities with the big club unless injuries hit.
Fisher entered as a pinch runner in Wednesday's 6-3 extra-innings loss to the Brewers. Fisher has not started the last two games and looks to be losing playing time after Houston promoted Yordan Alvarez over the weekend. Fisher had been playing regularly in left field and leading off, but the need to get Alvarez in the lineup daily squeezes out Fisher. While Alvarez is getting most of his at-bats as the designated hitter, his presence means Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick and Jake Marisnick become the starting outfield until George Springer (hamstring) returns.
Fisher started in left field and went 0-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Orioles. Fisher remained in the lineup even with the callup of prospect Yordan Alvarez, who served as the designated hitter in his MLB debut. Michael Brantley was given the day off, allowing for Fisher, Alvarez and Josh Reddick to exist in the starting lineup. Fisher, whose batting average dropped to .231, may eventually lose at-bats as the Astros look to get Alvarez into the lineup as the primary designated hitter, which will force Michael Brantley into the field on a more permanent basis.
Fisher is expected lose at-bats after the Astros announced they are calling up outfield prospect Yordan Alvarez. When the Astros placed George Springer (hamstring) on the injured list May 25, they called up Fisher instead of Alvarez, and he's been a regular in left field while batting leadoff. At that time, general manager Jeff Luhnow talked to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle about the decision to keep Alvarez in the minors. "There is no rush, but there is a methodical plan that we're going through to make sure that when he gets here we have him contribute and don't find out a month later that he wasn't ready or isn't able to play left field or isn't ready to hit at this level," said Luhnow. Judging from those comments, the Astros feel Alvarez is ready for MLB and will play left field every day.
Fisher went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a double, a walk, a stolen base and a run in Tuesday's 11-5 win over the Mariners. Fisher bounced a game-tying single in the seventh inning to start a game-deciding rally. He started for sixth time in seven games, all of them as the leadoff hitter while George Springer (hamstring) is unavailable. Since Fisher's callup, he's slashing .290/.371/.516 with four extra-base hits, five RBI, two steals and six runs scored over eight games. There may not be a spot for him when Springer returns, but he has raised his stock value during this most recent stint in the majors.