SEATTLE -- The Astros have decided to loan burly slugger Japhet Amador to Los Diablos Rojos de Mexico for the remainder of the Mexican League season, which runs through August. He hit .214 with eight RBIs in seven games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but hadn't played in 10 days due to an injury.
Oscar Suarez, the agent for Amador, said the Astros can decide at the end of the Mexican season if they want bring Amador back to play at Triple-A. He said the Astros had until May 3 to buy him or not, but with Jon Singleton ahead of him in the depth chart at first base, it made sense to send him back.
"He would have rather stayed here and kept playing here, but the Mexico City Reds want to win down there, too, which makes sense when you look at it," Suarez said. "They'll decide [at the end of the season] if they want to bring him back, which they probably will, and take a look at him and hopefully he'll be in shape and ready to go."
Amador, signed last year out of the Mexican League, was late reporting to spring camp because of complications with his wife's pregnancy in Mexico. He began the season with the RedHawks, getting most of his at-bats at designated hitter.
Amador hit 36 home runs for Diablos Rojos del Mexico last year, leading the team in homers and RBIs, with 121. In 104 games and 449 plate appearances, Amador struck out only 59 times.