Astros place Michael Feliz on family emergency list

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Prior to Friday night’s game, the Houston Astros have called up right-handed pitcher Dayan Diaz to the 25-man roster and placed right-handed pitcher Michael Feliz on the family medical emergency list.

For Diaz, it’s just his second time up in the major leagues, after having debuted with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016. While with the Reds, he made 6 appearances out of the bullpen, allowing 7 earned runs in just 6.2 innings of work, while striking out just 3 batters.

He signed with the Astros as a free agent during the offseason and has worked out of relief at Triple-A Fresno for his 9 appearances. He has worked 12.1 innings and allowed just 3 earned runs, while striking out 15 batters, managing to earn a win. Last season, he was successful at Triple-A as well as a member of the Reds organization, going 7–1 with a 3.05 ERA.

Diaz’s professional career first began with the Astros organization when they signed him as an amateur free agent in October 2005 out of Cartagena, Colombia. He has since appeared for three separate organizations before circling back around Houston.

Right-hander Feliz will come off the roster to tend to a family medical emergency. So far this season, he has made 11 appearances out of relief for the Astros and posted a 2.25 ERA. He has struck out better than a batter per inning through the first month of the year.

Feliz saw his first extended big-league action last season with the Astros, when he tossed 65 innings over 47 appearances. He finished with an 8–1 record and 4.43 ERA, while striking out 95 batters in 65 innings of work.

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