Before beginning this article, I want to take a second to send prayers to Michael Feliz and his family and I know that the Astros community and fanbase will be sending prayers throughout the weekend as well. We hope nothing is too serious and everything works out well and for Michael and his family.
Earlier this morning, it was announced that 27 year-old right-handed pitcher Dayan Diaz would be called up to join the Houston Astros in Anaheim this weekend for their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.
In order for the move to happen, the Astros will need to add Diaz to the 40-man before the beginning of this series.
According to MLB.com, the Astros' 40-man roster currently holds 39 players, so the Astros will not have to release anyone in order to clear room for Diaz before tonight's game.
Many Astros fans may not know that much about Diaz, and that is not too big of a surprise. The Astros just recently signed Diaz to a minor-league deal that included an invitation to 2017 Spring Training, although Diaz actually started his career in professional baseball with the Astros as an non-drafted free agent back in 2005.
This season, Diaz is off to a great start for AAA Fresno. Through 12.1 innings pitched, Diaz owns a 2.19 ERA and a 1.054 WHIP with 15 strikeouts and only three walks allowed. If Diaz is to be successful in his first stint with the Astros, he will need to continue to display the same command of his pitches that he had at AAA, as command has been a major problem for a few Astros relievers so far this season.
Although this will not be Diaz's major league debut, he surely will be ready to compete and look to keep his spot on the 40-man roster. The Astros need Diaz to step up, as their pitching depth in the minor leagues has taken a toll so far this season.
Once again, the Astros community certainly hopes that everything is alright with Michael Feliz and his family and hope that he can return to the club soon. However, it sure will be interesting to see how the Astros choose to utilize Diaz out of the bullpen, and Astros fans should be excited to see what the young pitcher has to offer.