This is probably the only situation where you can say this, but let’s hope this plays out like last year for the Houston Astros. Robbie Grossman was sent down after starting the year off hitting .125. Since being sent down, he’s batted a robust .409 in Triple-A with a steal, a home run, five walks, two doubles and only four strikeouts in 22 at-bats. That right there is usually cause for a promotion.
Let’s harken back to last year. Grossman was called up to fill in for an injured Justin Maxwell, but he scuttled to a .198 average with 31 strikeouts and just three RBIs in 111 at-bats. So, naturally he was sent down. Upon return in July, Grossman hit .322 with four home runs and 18 RBIs, predominantly out of the leadoff spot. It appears that the “send-down wake up call” works incredibly well on Grossman, and hopefully that trend continues soon.
It’s pretty obvious that the Astros need any and all offensive help they can get. With Jon Singleton apparently still a ways out, they need to find that help wherever they can, and Grossman may provide the spark they need. Obviously, though, that means someone needs to make room.
Dexter Fowler and George Springer are obviously not going anywhere. The three other outfielders in Marc Krauss, Alex Presley and L.J. Hoes have all failed to impress, so it would be fully justified if they were given a stint on a very successful Triple-A squad to see if they can’t get some confidence brewing.
The time is over for trying the same thing, because it’s not working. Moves have to be made, and they’ll probably have to be made pretty often.