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Righty Gonzalez designated to make room for Blackley

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HOUSTON -- The Astros designated right-handed pitcher Edgar Gonzalez for assignment to clear a roster spot for newly-acquired left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Friday.

It's been a roller-coaster week for Gonzalez, who originally didn't make the 25-man roster as Spring Training came to close, but was added last weekend when Alex White was placed on the 60-day day disabled list with elbow problems. Gonzalez didn't appear in any of the Astros' first three games.

"Edgar's been valuable ever since we got him, and it's unfortunate when you have to designate someone that's currently on the roster in the big leagues," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We had to do it to make the space. Edgar understands that, and we told him we're going to try to work it out so we could keep him in the organization."

Gonzalez was signed to a Minor League contract by the Astros last August and went 3-1 with a 5.01 ERA in six starts. The Astros were 4-2 in his six starts.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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