HOUSTON -- The Astros are going to call up third baseman Matt Dominguez from Triple-A Oklahoma City in time for him to be in uniform for Thursday's series finale against the Giants.
Dominguez, acquired from the Marlins on July 4 in the Carlos Lee trade, is hitting .298 with two homers and 23 RBIs for the RedHawks. He appeared in four games for the Astros earlier this year and had two hits in eight at-bats.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said a corresponding roster move will be announced Thursday. Houston outfielder Ben Francisco was scratched from the lineup just prior to Wednesday's game with what interim manager Tony DeFrancesco called a right wrist strain, but the extent of the injury isn't known.
Dominguez, the Marlins' 12th overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is regarded as a standout defensive player who has had his struggles at the plate. In 78 games with Triple-A New Orleans prior to getting traded, the 23-year-old batted .234 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs in 78 games.