ROUND ROCK, Texas - Reymin Guduan is going back to the bigs! The Houston Astros announced a pair of transactions involving the Round Rock Express on Friday afternoon, including the recall of E-Train LHP Reymin Guduan. The lefty is expected to be in uniform for the team's series opener against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park this evening.
In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned LHP Framber Valdez to Round Rock. Valdez is expected to be active for the Express and available to pitch in Friday night's series opener against the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals affiliate) at Dell Diamond.
Guduan is heading back to The Show for the third consecutive season. The lefty posted no record with a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3.0 IP) in two relief appearances with the Express before his call-up. He pitched two innings of relief in Round Rock's 9-5 walkoff win over the Nashville Sounds on Wednesday night. Guduan racked up six strikeouts to just one walk while allowing three hits during his time in an E-Train uniform.
The Dominican Republic native has pitched in 25 games in his major league career, all out of the bullpen. He is 0-0 with a 6.98 ERA (15 ER/19.1 IP) in his big league career. Guduan made his major league debut with the Astros on May 31, 2017 at Minnesota. He posted no record with a 2.70 ERA (1 ER/3.1 IP) in three relief appearances with Houston in 2018.
Valdez, ranked as the #11 prospect in the Astros organization by MLB.com, pitched in two games with Houston before his option, going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA (2 ER/3.0 IP). He made his major league debut with Houston in 2018, finishing the year 4-1 with a 2.19 ERA (9 ER/37.0 IP) at the big league level. He has pitched in just two career games at Triple-A, going 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA (4 ER/8.2 IP) with the Fresno Grizzlies a year ago.
Friday's transactions come after a pair of roster moves for the Express on Thursday afternoon. OF Drew Ferguson was added to the team's seven-day Injured List while RHP Tanner Duncan was recalled from the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. Duncan made his Triple-A debut on Thursday night, allowing just one hit in 2.0 scoreless frames.
The Express open a four-game series against the Redbirds on Friday night at Dell Diamond. Round Rock RHP Corbin Martin (0-1, 4.15) is scheduled to start opposite Memphis RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0, 3.60). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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