Gonzalez grabs roster spot as Astros cut four
The Astros trimmed their Spring Training roster to 30 on Monday, optioning right-hander Josh Zeid to Triple-A Oklahoma City, reassigning outfielder Adron Chambers and catcher Rene Garcia to Minor League camp and releasing veteran infielder Cesar Izturis.
The moves mean infielder Marwin Gonzalez has made the team as the backup middle infielder following a good spring at the plate.
“Marwin did a tremendous job this spring and earned himself a spot on this team,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “He was nervous when he came in the room.”
The Astros were facing a Tuesday deadline to pay Izturis $100,000 or place him on the 25-man roster, but he was released , meaning he’s a free agent. The Rangers, who have injuries on their infield, are among the teams that have expressed interest.
“It was a real opportunity and we were genuine bringing him in for that opportunity,” Luhnow said. “There were a lot of teams out there that have expressed interested in middle infielders, so I’m pretty sure he’ll land on his feet quickly. The mentor-ship he had this spring was valuable. [Carlos] Correa got to spend time withhim, [Jonathan] Villar got to spend time with him, [Jose] Altuve got to spend time with him and Marwin. All four of those guys benefited from behind around him.”
Zeid had a good spring and was a big part of the bullpen late last season, but he was a victim of the Astros’ added depth.
“Zeid pitched well, especially recently,” Luhnow said. “We believe Zeid is going to spend many days in the leagues this year, but the way we’re going to configure the team out of the gate.”
Luhnow said the wants the 25-man roster set prior to the team leaving for San Antonio on Thursday.