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Astros option LHP Fernando Abad to Triple-A

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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Monday that Houston has optioned left-hander Fernando Abad to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

It clears a spot on the Astros' active roster for outfielder Justin Maxwell, who was claimed off waivers on Sunday from the New York Yankees.

The 26-year-old Abad has already made two appearances for the Astros this season, allowing an earned run while tossing 1 1/3 innings.

He made the Opening Day roster as one of the eight bullpen pitchers after posting a 2.08 ERA over nine relief outings this spring.

Maxwell will be in uniform for the Astros on Monday night for the start of a three-game series against the Braves at Minute Maid Park.

The 28-year-old Maxwell hit .260 (46-for-177) with 16 homers, 31 RBI and eight doubles for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season.

Maxwell was selected by the Nationals in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and has spent parts of three seasons (2007, 2009-10) at the big league level as a member of Washington.

Houston's 40-man roster now sits at 39.

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