Astros Get Closer Back From IL

Great news for the Houston Astros, who have their closer back in the mix. The team activated Ryan Pressly on Thursday after his recovery from a knee issue. 

Pressly tossed just one inning in his one and only minor league rehab appearance for Sugar Land this week, needing just six pitches to retire the side. 

In return, Parker Mushinski was optioned to Triple-A. 

Rafael Montero picked up a pair of saves in the last four days in Pressly's absence. Hector Neris was expected to get some of the closing responsibilities during this period, but manager Dusty Baker opted to go with Montero and even Ryne Stanek for saves while Pressly was out. 

Pressly signed a 2-year, $30M contract extension just before Opening Day, which runs through 2024, with a vesting option for 2025 that could make the deal worth $42M. 

The 26-year-old notched 26 saves for Houston in 2021 and 12 in the shortened 2020 season. Before landing on the IL this season, he had claimed 3 saves in his first 4 appearances. 

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