Astros designate P Figueroa for assignment

11:38 PM, May 9, 2011   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros have designated left handed pitcher Nelson Figueroa for assignment on Monday.

Figueroa, who signed one-year, $900,000 contract with Houston during the offseason, will have a few days to either accept a minor league assignment or become a free agent.

The starter-turned-reliever worked two innings in Monday's 6-1 loss to Cincinnati, allowing one run on three hits, while walking two. He is 0-3 with an 8.69 ERA in 29 innings this season.

Filling the vacated roster spot is Sergio Escalona, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 26-year-old lefthander is 1-0 with three saves and a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings with the RedHawks this season.

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