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Darin Downs | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 201
Bats / Throws: Right / Left

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Astros released LHP Darin Downs.
The 30-year-old southpaw was unable to earn a spot in the Astros bullpen this season after struggling over 34 2/3 innings in 2014. He posted a 4.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings at Triple-A Fresno. He should be able to find an opportunity with another organization looking to improve their bullpen depth. Thu, May 21, 2015 08:08:00 PM

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Astros sent LHP Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno.

He's now off the 40-man roster but will be invited to spring training. Downs posted a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances for the Astros in 2014.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 08:41:00 AM

Darin Downs is likely done for the season after aggravating a right oblique injury.

Downs missed time last month with the ailment and apparently sustained a setback during an appearance Friday. The left-hander's season concludes with a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Astros activated LHP Darin Downs from the 15-day disabled list.

Downs has been sidelined for two weeks with a right oblique strain, but he didn't have any issues during a brief rehab assignment. He returns to a 4.31 ERA and 23/14 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 01:31:00 PM

Darin Downs (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday.

Downs was cleared for game action after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday with no issues. He'll be activated from the DL next week if all goes well.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:14:00 PM

Darin Downs (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Downs landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a right oblique strain, but he's hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment soon. Look for him to rejoin the Astros in early September if all goes well.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 05:07:00 PM

Astros placed LHP Darin Downs on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 15, with a right oblique strain.

Jesus Guzman (back) will take his place on the active roster. Downs owns a 4.31 ERA and 23/14 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings this season and might need more than the minimum 15 days to rejoin the Astros.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 02:51:00 PM

Darin Downs is nursing a minor oblique injury.

It's part of the reason why the Astros called up Kevin Chapman. However, it appears at this point that Downs will avoid the disabled list. He holds a 4.31 ERA with 23 strikeouts over 31 1/3 innings this season.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Astros recalled LHP Darin Downs from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Downs posted a 5.54 ERA but held a 15/4 K/BB ratio over 13 Triple-A frames to earn the promotion. He'll work in the middle innings.
Sun, May 4, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Astros optioned LHP Darin Downs to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The 29-year-old southpaw could've secured a spot in the Opening Day bullpen with a strong spring, but compiled a 6.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 2/4 K/BB ratio in his 9 1/3 innings of Cactus League play. He'll get an opportunity with the Astros at some point during the 2014 campaign.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 09:01:00 AM

Astros claimed LHP Darin Downs off waivers from the Tigers.

Downs battled a shoulder injury for much of this season, but he struck out over a batter per inning when healthy. He should fill a middle relief role for the Astros next season.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 02:35:00 PM

Tigers recalled LHP Darin Downs from Triple-A Toledo.

The 28-year-old southpaw has appeared in 26 games for the Tigers this season, posting a 5.18 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 37/10 K/BB ratio over 33 innings of work. The Tigers have struggled to find steady left-handed specialists in the bullpen this season, which is the role Downs will be used in over the final three weeks.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Tigers activated LHP Darin Downs from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

Downs is over his shoulder ailment, but there's no room for him in the bullpen at the moment. He should be back up in September.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Darin Downs (shoulder) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

Downs has been out since early July with left rotator cuff tendinitis, but didn't report any setbacks in his first rehab appearance for Low-A Michigan on Saturday. If all goes well, he could return Wednesday against the Nationals.
Sat, Jul 27, 2013 01:13:00 PM

Darin Downs (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Downs struck out one in a perfect inning for Low-A Michigan Thursday, and it sounds like that's the only rehab outing he'll need. "Darin looked good," Whitecaps pitching coach Mike Henneman said. "No pain. Looks good to go."
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:01:00 AM

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