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The Astros purchased the contract of Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Fresno.

A lot of action from the Astros' front office on Tuesday as they bring up their last minor leaguer Jonathan Villar. He is just 24 and has hit .263/.317/.368 with one home run, seven RBI, but the disappointing number is just four steals over 38 games with the big club. Villar will provide infield depth down the stretch.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

The Astros purchased the contract of RHP Josh Fields from Triple-A Fresno.

The Astros had every intention of bringing Fields back up to the big club after sending him down to the minors a week and a half ago. The veteran has posted a solid 2.20 ERA and 54/15 K/BB ratio over 41 innings this season.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

The Astros purchased the contract of LHP Joe Thatcher from Triple-A Fresno.

Thatcher will be primarily used out of the Astros bullpen as a left handed specialist. We saw Thatcher get designated for assignment at the end of July even though he put up a respectable 3.79 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 19 innings. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Randal Grichuk (elbow) hit in a cage for the first time since injuring his right elbow in mid-August.

The plan is to have Grichuk hit in the cage on Tuesday and hopefully start to throw later this week. He has been out of the lineup since August 16 with a right elbow sprain. The team and Grichuk are hoping to be back together later this month.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jordan Walden (biceps) is hoping to throw off the mound by the end of the week.

Walden suffered a setback during his minor league rehab assignment and was pulled back. He has dealt with rotator cuff and labrum issues and complained of biceps irritation. The good news is that Walden is playing catch again and the Cardinals are hoping to get him back for the playoff run.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

The Cubs recalled INF Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa.

The last of the big Cub prospects has been brought up. Most thought before the season that Baez would have started the season with the team but it has been a battle all season long. Baez has batted .324/.385/.527 with 13 home runs, 61 RBI, and 17 steals over 70 games in Triple-A.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

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