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Astros demote Brett Wallace, call up Brandon Laird

Apr 18, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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Brett Wallace was the Astros’ Opening Day first baseman, but after going 1-for-24 with 17 strikeouts he’s headed back to Triple-A.

Wallace is already 26 years old and has logged nearly 1,400 plate appearances at Triple-A, so he’s running out of time to stick in the majors. He’s hit .304 with an .860 OPS at Triple-A, but just .243 with a .682 OPS in 239 games in the majors.

To replace Wallace on the roster the Astros called up Brandon Laird, who was claimed off waivers from the Yankees last September. Laird, like Wallace, is a first baseman/third baseman, and the 25-year-old was off to a great start at Triple-A hitting .353 with a .932 OPS in 12 games.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Is this Tubby Laird’s brother?

    • deweyks - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Yes…they were involved in a brawl at a bar or something, IIRC.

      • jwbiii - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        It was in the VIP lounge at a Phoenix Suns game.

        http://deadspin.com/5459234/the-backup-catcher-the-nba-journeymans-wife-and-the-gropey-grandpa

  2. 78mu - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Yikes! This is the same guy that got traded for Holliday and only because he was blocked by Albert. When he first got called up by the Astros he had a few nice games and I added him to my team. But then he just stopped hitting. Makes Broglio for Brock look like a decent trade for the Cubs.

  3. rohlo - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    good riddance wallace… that guy would strike out playing kickball.

  4. rcali - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Getting demoted from the Astros is not a great sign for your future. He was demoted last year as well.

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