Blue Jays: Joe Biagini optioned to the minors by Astros

HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 03: Joe Biagini #29 of the Houston Astros pitches in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on August 03, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 03: Joe Biagini #29 of the Houston Astros pitches in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on August 03, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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The Houston Astros optioned former Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini to the minors following their doubleheader on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays shipped Joe Biagini along with pitcher Aaron Sanchez and minor leaguer Cal Stevenson to the Houston Astros in exchange for Derek Fisher just before the trade deadline ended on July 31st.

The 29-year old undoubtedly fell victim to a numbers crunch in the Astros bullpen and was an easy choice as he has minor league options available. Biagini made four appearances for Houston before the demotion surrendering two runs in seven innings of work.

His last appearance was a three-inning outing on the back end of a doubleheader on Tuesday in which he allowed a run and fanned two. Biagini was also part of the combined no-hitter with Sanchez in their first outings as an Astro on August 03rd.

Biagini will likely be back with the big club before the end of the month but in the interim, he will have to spend some time in Triple-A with the Round Rock Express.

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