With Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel well established at the corner infield positions, the Astros are looking at other possible options to get Moran playing time at the major-league level. The 25-year-old helped improve his stock last season by hitting .308/.373/.543 with 18 homers and 63 RBI in 79 games with Triple-A Fresno. His performance earned him a promotion, but he appeared in just two games before fouling a ball off his face and suffering a concussion and facial fracture that ultimately required surgery. Moran returned at the end of September and finished his brief major-league stint with a .364 batting average (4-for-11) and one homer in seven games. He played four games in the outfield with Fresno last season, and will look to acclimate himself to the position in spring training with hopes of breaking camp as a reserve.
Moran (face) has been activated from the disabled list and will rejoin the team Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Moran has tallied three hits (including a home run) in six at-bats with the Astros this season and should provide the team with an additional bench piece during the stretch run. The team clinched its playoff berth Sunday, so it's possible he will get a few starts down the stretch to ensure the health of the Astros' regular starters for the playoffs.
Moran (face) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Quad Cities in the immediate future, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Moran has been able to collect some at-bats with the Rookie-league team in recent days, and appears to be nearing full health. It's still expected that the 24-year-old will need a solid chunk of games in the minors before returning to Houston, but a return this season now seems likely. Once Moran is able to get out and test his facial fracture -- that he suffered in late July -- the club will be able to set a clear timetable for his recovery.
Moran (facial fracture) has progressed to taking batting practice at Houston's spring training facility in West Palm Beach (Fla.), Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Earlier this week, manager A.J. Hinch told Kaplan's fellow Chronicle scribe, Hunter Atkins, that he was not ruling out Moran's return sometime in September. When Moran first sustained the injury, suffered when he fouled a ball into his face July 23, it was widely presumed he would miss the rest of the season, but his recent activity suggests a return this season is possible. The Astros are not counting on him to be an integral part of the team at this point, but Moran could serve as a depth option late in September, someone that could provide rest to the regulars if Houston sews up a playoff berth early.
Moran (face, concussion) remains a few weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Moran has been around the Astros' clubhouse in recent days with the swelling on his face subsiding and his vision improving, but the third baseman has yet to resume baseball activities. Until that happens, the Astros likely won't be able to flesh out a definitive timetable for his return.
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