Abreu was recalled by the Astros on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
The Houston bullpen has been taxed this week -- the relief corps has thrown 18 innings the past two days, to be exact -- and Abreu will be up to provide a fresh arm for manager AJ Hinch. Abreu worked mostly as a starter between High-A and Double-A this season, posting a 4.83 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 23 minor-league appearances (16 starts).
Abreu was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Abreu returns to the minors just one day after tossing a scoreless inning in his major-league debut Wednesday. The 22-year-old carries an ERA of 4.86 with a 92:38 K:BB in stops between High-A and Double-A this season. Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini were added to the major-league roster in a corresponding move.
Abreu was promoted to the majors prior to Wednesday's game against the Indians, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Abreu has been primarily developed as a starting pitcher, but he is probably a better fit in the bullpen long term, given his shaky command. He should be able to sit in the mid-90s with his fastball in short stints and also owns a hammer curveball that could be a strikeout pitch at the highest level. Abreu posted a 4.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92:38 K:BB in 70.1 innings across stops at High-A and Double-A. He takes the place of Ryan Pressly (knee), who was placed on the 10-day injured list.
Abreu has been promoted from High-A Fayetteville to Double-A Corpus Christi, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Abreu put up solid numbers for Fayetteville, posting 25 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. The 22-year-old will likely spend the majority of the summer in Double-A.
The Astros optioned Abreu to their minor-league camp Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Houston added Abreu to its 40-man roster over the winter, but that was merely to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The promising pitcher has yet to pitch above the Low-A level and is likely a couple years away from contributing for the big club.
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