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Astros’ GM says AJ Reed, back in minors, still in team’s plans for this season

Houston Astros' A.J. Reed watches his two-run home run off Seattle Mariners' Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Houston.
Houston Astros' A.J. Reed watches his two-run home run off Seattle Mariners' Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Houston. AP

Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed is headed back to Triple-A Fresno after a sluggish start to his major league career with the Houston Astros.

The Astros announced the move on Thursday night. Reed was batting .156 with two home runs and four RBI in 45 at-bats in 17 games.

GM Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle that Reed’s demotion doesn’t mean he isn’t part of the team’s plans for this season.

“The goal is for AJ Reed to be an everyday player,” Luhnow told the Chronicle. “He had demonstrated increased success against both righties and lefties at Triple-A this year. He was a little exposed here. He didn’t have quite the success that he was hoping for. We’ve seen that with some other players as well as this year.

“So, we want him to go back and get everyday playing time and really get back to feeling comfortable so he can come back up here and potentially help us in August and September.”

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