Astros recall RHP Fernando Rodriguez from minors

Published May. 17, 2011 7:28 p.m. ET

The Houston Astros optioned struggling left-handed reliever Fernando Abad to Oklahoma City and purchased the contract of right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Triple-A team.

The Astros announced the move Tuesday after a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Abad (1-4) took the loss in a 3-2 setback to the Braves on Monday. He has an 7.43 ERA in 22 games, allowing 18 hits and walking eight in 13 1-3 innings.

The 26-year-old Rodriguez is 2-3 with two saves and a 1.29 ERA in 13 games at Oklahoma City. The Astros are desperate for help in their bullpen, which has a 5.18 ERA and just five saves in 16 chances.