HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 08: Armando Galarraga #30 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on August 8, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Astros purchase contract of RHP Hector Ambriz from OKC; RHP Armando Galarraga designated for assignment. Ambriz joined club in STL today.— Houston Astros (@astros) August 22, 2012
Signed to a minor league contract with the Astros in late May, the 30-year-old Galarraga made just five starts for Houston, putting up a 6.75 ERA and 6.8 BB/9 in twenty-four innings.
Infamous for his near-perfect but actually perfect game in 2010, Galarraga has struggled to remain on a major league roster since that fateful day. In the past two seasons, the right-hander has been signed and released by the Diamondbacks, Orioles and now the Astros.
The 28-year-old Ambriz, who owns a 3.45 ERA in thirty-eight appearances at Triple-A this season, is embarking on his second major league stint. The right-hander made thirty-four appearances out of the bullpen for the Cleveland Indians in 2010, posting a 5.59 ERA.