Astros option Gonzalez, DFA LeBlanc
HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today that the club has optioned infielder Marwin Gonzalez to Triple A Oklahoma City and has designated left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc for assignment. Corresponding roster moves will be made tomorrow. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Gonzalez, 24, has played in 54 games with the Astros this season, making 50 starts. He split the starter's job at shortstop with Ronny Cedeno, making 46 starts at the position, compared to Cedeno's 31. This will be Gonzalez's first option to Triple A since being selected in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft. Gonzalez was originally selected that offseason by Boston and was traded to Houston on draft day.
LeBlanc, 28, made three appearances for the Astros since being claimed off waivers from Miami on June 8. He's appeared in 16 Major League games this season, including seven starts, while splitting time with Miami and Houston.
After the LeBlanc move, the Astros now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.