White started at first base and went 1-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Rays.
White has made an appearance in all four games since being called up from Triple-A Fresno, but this was his first start. Manager A.J. Hinch wanted to load up the lineup with right-handed hitters against Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell.
White lost a battle with J.D. Davis for a spot on the 25-man roster in spring training, but will now have his first stint in the majors in 2018. Reliever Reymin Guduan is headed to the paternity leave list, which could make this a short stay for White. The 27-year-old has been mashing for the Grizzlies, posting a .338/.444/.579 slash line with 13 home runs in 228 at-bats.
White was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
White and J.D. Davis were battling for the final spot on the Astros' 25-man roster, but Houston ultimately opted to go with Davis as their temporary first baseman until Yulieski Gurriel recovers from hand surgery and returns from a five-game suspension. The 27-year-old will report to Fresno to open the season, where he hit .300/.371/.528 with 25 homers in 111 games last season. While he doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, the talent-rich Astros' simply have too many major-league ready options ahead of him at the moment.
White and J.D. Davis will accompany the Astros back to Houston for two exhibition games next week against the Brewers before a final roster decision is rendered, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
White and Davis are battling it out for the final spot on the 25-man roster, which is seen as a temporary assignment while first baseman Yulieski Gurriel recovers from a hand injury and serves a five-game suspension. Many writers covering the team report this like the winner will be Houston's starting first baseman for as long as Gurriel is sidelined, but we suspect Marwin Gonzalez will get most of the at-bats at first. If the Astros wanted a Gurriel replacement, they could have held onto A.J. Reed, a first baseman and designated hitter with power potential, but manager A.J. Hinch wants a player with some position versatility, a trait both White and Davis offer.
The 27-year-old spent much of his time at Triple-A Fresno, but he did manage to produce an .853 OPS in 62 at-bats with the big-league club last season. This would normally seem like a big development given the excellent hitters up and down the Astros' batting order, but Gurriel isn't expected to miss very much time during the regular season as a result of the injury. White may get a few extra at-bats during the first couple weeks of the season, but this ultimately doesn't impact his fantasy stock very much unless Gurriel experiences a setback in his rehab process.
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|2014||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||71||239||41||73||20||1||7||41||35||40||0||1||.414||.485||.305|
|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||59||190||33||54||6||0||7||40||42||35||1||0||.415||.426||.284|