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38 Darin Downs RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/201 | Birthdate: 12/26/1984 | Birthplace: Southfield, MI | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Astros option Dominguez, Buchanan, Stassi; reassign Correa


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Astros optioned third baseman Matt Dominguez and pitchers Jake Buchanan and Max Stassi to the minors Sunday while reassigning shortstop Carlos Correa, infielder Gregorio Petit, catcher Tyler Heineman and pitchers Darin Downs and James Hoyt to minor-league camp.

Dominguez opened last season as the team's starting third baseman but found himself behind in the race for a bench role this spring.

"[Luis] Valbuena had an amazing spring so far and is basically going to be our third baseman and that leaves Matt in competition with some of the other guys for an extra spot on the roster, a spot off the bench, and right now we feel like there’s a couple of other guys ahead of him and he needs to play every day," general manager Jeff Lunhow said, per MLB.com "Right now he’ll go down to Fresno and play third and play some first and be ready when the need arises."

Correa is the team's top-rated prospect but has yet to play above high Class A.

"Carlos is going to be a star player in the big leagues. It’s just a matter of time," Luhnow said. "Having never had an at-bat in Double-A, he needs to go get some regular work in the high minors. He did a great job for us on the field as well as off the field and I think he’s got a lot of fans in the organization and he impressed the big league staff, which is what you want as a young player."


Tony Sipp lands role in Astros bullpen, last spot still open


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that LHP Tony Sipp had earned a spot in the bullpen.

"Sipp's on the team," Hinch told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart

There are still three pitchers battling for the final spot in the Astros pen: Kevin Chapman, Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs

Thatcher is the most experienced, but he's not on the team's 40-man roster. Still, he appears to be the favorite. 

"Thatch has thrown well and has some experience," Hinch said. "Chapman is still in the mix."


Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."


Mark Appel, Carlos Correa among Astros' non-roster invites


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The Astros announced Tuesday they will have 17 non-roster invites for spring training, including starting pitcher prospect Mark Appel and shortstop prospect Carlos Correa. Appel was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, while Correa was the No. 1 pick in 2012.

The other non-roster invitees are outfielder Andrew Aplin, pitcher Darin Downs, infielder Matt Duffy, catcher Luis Flores, infielder Nolan Fontana, catcher Tyler Heineman, pitcher Jordan Jankowski, infielder Dan Johnson, infielder Colin Moran, catcher Roberto Pena, infielder Gregorio Petit, pitcher Brady Rodgers, infielder Joe Sclafani, pitcher Jason Stoffel and outfielder Preston Tucker.

Correa (No. 1) and Appel (No. 2) are considered the team's top two prospects, according to Baseball America. Moran (No. 7) is also considered a top-10 prospect.


Astros LHP Downs, IF Petit heading to Fresno


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Astros have outrighted left-hander Darin Downs to Triple-A Fresno after having cleared waivers. 

The team has also announced that infielder Gregorio Petit has accepted an assignment to Fresno. He and Downs are set to join the squad in spring training.


Darin Downs outrighted to Triple-A Fresno


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Astros sent left-handed reliever Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno. Downs made 45 appearances with the Astros last season. He posted a 5.45 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and 27:19 K:BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings.

Astros relievers have hurt obliques


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) According to the Houston Chronicle, Astros relievers Darin Downs and Josh Fields are both nursing oblique injuries. Because Downs aggravated a previous injury, he could possibly miss the rest of the season.

Downs last pitched in a game Friday. Fields, who was beginning to earn some save opportunities, hasn't pitched since Sept. 9.


Darin Downs brought back from DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Astros reliever Darin Downs was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and added to the active roster, the team announced. Downs has been out since Aug. 14 due to an oblique injury, and had a 4.31 ERA in 31 1/3 innings prior.  

Darin Downsto to throw 'pen session Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Astros reliever Darin Downs will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday with hopes of a quick minor-league rehab stint in the near future, MLB.com reports. Downs received positive feedback after Sunday's session and is expected to "amp" up the intensity on Tuesday, per the Houston Chronicle.

Darin Downs hits DL with oblique issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) The Astros placed reliever Darin Downs on the disabled list with a right oblique injury Tuesday, the team announced. Downs has been dealing with the injury since late last week, when he left last Thursday's game after walking two of three batters faced.

A timetable for Downs' return to action is not yet known. He has a 4.31 ERA in 31 1/3 innings of work on the season.  


Darin Downs dealing with minor oblique injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Astros pitcher Darin Downs is dealing with a minor oblique injury, according to the Houston Chronicle.

It's unclear at this point if the injury will lead to time on the disabled list. Over 31 1/3 innings, Downs has a 4.31 ERA. 


Darin Downs picks up relief win vs. Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Astros reliever Darin Downs picked up a relief win Sunday afternoon against the Twins. He tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits, with two strikeouts and no walks in a 14-5 victory. He owns a 1.32 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings.

Astros recall Darin Downs


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12:09 pm ET) The Astros recalled lefty reliever Darin Downs from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA in nine appearances with Oklahoma City.

Astros send down pair


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The Astros have reassigned first baseman Japhet Amador to minor league camp and sent left-hander Darin Downs to Triple-A. Neither move is considered a surprise.

Astros claim Darin Downs off waivers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) The Astros claimed pitcher Darin Downs off waivers from the Tigers, MLB.com reports  Friday. Downs went 0-2 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 47 games with the Tigers in 2013. 

Tigers recall Darin Downs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) The Tigers have recalled pitcher Darin Downs from Triple-A, according to MLB.com.

Downs has appeared in 26 games, posting a 5.18 ERA. Downs hasn't appeared in the majors since July 6. 


Tigers activate, option Darin Downs


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) The Tigers have activated pitcher Darin Downs from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Toledom, MLB.com reports. Downs posted a 5.18 ERA in 26 games for Detroit before suffering a shoulder injury.

Darin Downs could be back Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2013) The Tigers expect to have reliever Darin Downs available off the disabled list early next week, as he has just one more rehab outing scheduled. Downs will pitch Saturday for Triple-A Toledo, in which is expected to be his final tune up while recovering from a shoulder injury, according to MLB.com.

Downs could be activated from the disabled list in time for the team's trip to Cleveland Monday. 


Darin Downs to continue rehab Wednesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) Tigers reliever Darin Downs, who is rehabbing a shoulder injury, will make another rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo Wednesday, MLB.com reports. 

Downs is expected to either go two innings or reaches a specific pitch count. Downs doesn't know the plan for him after that appearance. He may get another rehab outing with Toledo over the weekend. 


Darin Downs tosses perfect inning in rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Tigers reliever Darin Downs (shoulder) moved his minor-league rehab assignment to Triple-A Toledo Sunday. The left-hander struck out two and pitched a perfect seventh inning for the Mud Hens. He remains hopeful of rejoining the team Wednesday against the Nationals.

Darin Downs to rehab at Triple-A


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2013) Tigers reliever Darin Downs will rehab with Triple-A Toledo Sunday, MLive.com reports Saturday. Downs completed a rehab inning for Class A West Michigan Thursday.

Downs, coming back from a shoulder injury, felt no discomfort after his appearance. Downs hopes to return from the disabled list on Wednesday for the series final against Washington.

"But it's up to them," Downs said. "I'll do whatever they tell me to do."

Darin Downs set to return Friday


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) Tigers reliever Darin Downs is expected to return from the disabled list before Friday's game, the Detroit News reports. Downs threw a perfect inning in his only rehab inning Thursday at Low Class A West Michigan and appears to be over the shoulder injury that has sidelined him since July 6.

Darin Downs gets rehab underway


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) Tigers reliever Darin Downs (shoulder) began his minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Class A West Michigan.

Downs struck out one and pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the Whitecaps. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since early July with tendinitis in his left rotator cuff.

Tigers set rehab assignments


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Tigers reliever Darin Downs (shoulder) will begin his rehab assignment Thursday for Class A West Michigan, MLB.com reports. Omar Infante (shin) will begin his assignment Wednesday with the same affiliate. 

Darin Downs headed for rehab assignment


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Tigers reliever Darin Downs is nearing a rehab assignment with Class A West Michigan, MLB.com reports Tuesday. Downs has been on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left rotator cuff. 

Out since early July with left rotator cuff tendinitis, Downs is making a small amount of progress. The Tigers have still not released when they expect him to return to the bullpen.