By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Carlos Gomez has been designated for assignment by the Houston Astros, ending a disappointing stint with the team that traded four prospects in a midseason deal last year for the two-time All-Star center fielder.
The move was made Wednesday before the game in Minnesota, where Gomez played two seasons at the beginning of his career. The Astros recalled right-handed reliever Jandel Gustave from Triple-A Fresno to fill Gomez's roster spot.
Manager A.J. Hinch described the decision as difficult, praising Gomez's attitude and effort despite the lack of production. The 30-year-old was batting .210 with 100 strikeouts in 295 at-bats and a woeful .594 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
Gomez and starting pitcher Mike Fiers were acquired from Milwaukee a little over a year ago.
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