Astros call up Carpenter

The Astros have called up right-handed reliever David Carpenter from Triple-A Oklahoma City and have claimed outfielder Luis Durango off waivers from the San Diego Padres, general manager Ed Wade announced Wednesday. Durango was placed on the Astros 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

To make room for Durango on the roster, the club has transferred right-hander Alberto Arias to the 60-day disabled list. The Astros have also optioned catcher Brian Esposito to Oklahoma City. Carpenter will join the Astros in Houston in time for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Texas Rangers.

Carpenter, 25, has split time with Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, going 0-1 with a 1.91 ERA and 38 strikeouts in a combined 33 relief outings. In his 19 outings at Triple A, Carpenter has tossed 19.0 consecutive scoreless innings with 21 strikeouts. Originally selected by St. Louis in the 12th round of the 2006 June Draft as a catcher, he was acquired by Houston from St. Louis on Aug. 19, 2010 in exchange for infielder Pedro Feliz.

Durango, 25, hit .243 with 15 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 61 games for the Padres’ Triple A affiliate this season. He has appeared in 37 Major League games with San Diego from 2009-10, hitting .305 with four RBI and seven stolen bases. The Panama native was originally signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent on Sept. 21, 2003, and represented Panama in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Esposito did not appear in a game for Houston after having his contract purchased from Triple A on Saturday. He has split his season between Triple-A and Double-A, combining to hit .217 (20×92) with a homer and eight RBI. The Astros 40-man roster is now at 40.


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