Sipp on his away to help Astros bullpen
The Astros will sign veteran left-hander Tony Sipp to add to their bullpen, a source confirmed for MLB.com on Thursday. The team hasn’t commented.
Sipp had appeared in 11 games this season at Triple-A El Paso of the San Diego organization, going 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 14 2/3 innings. He asked for his release from the Padres after it became clear a big league opportunity wasn’t on the horizon.
Sipp, 30, comes to the Astros with a career 3.84 ERA in 304 appearances with the Indians (2009-12) and the D-backs last season. He’s held lefties to a .224 average in his career and righties to a .209 mark.
He’ll provide help to an Astros bullpen that ranks last in the Majors in ERA at 5.86 and is tied for the most blown saves with six.
The only left-hander currently in the bullpen is Raul Valdes, who allowed three earned runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings in seven games this year. Kevin Chapman began the year as the lefty specialist, but was optioned to Triple-A after giving up five runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.