Former Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles was optioned by the Astros to triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.
The demotion comes as Giles’ poor season continues. The late reliever that the Phillies traded in 2015 for a package that included Vince Velasquez had given up 36 hits and 17 earned runs over 30 2/3 innings this season with a 4.99 ERA. He tallied 12 saves in 34 games pitched, but lost his role as a closer last month.
With the Phillies, Giles struck out 151 batters in 115.2 innings, allowed just 20 earned runs over that time and finished fourth in rookie of the year voting his first season.
Giles was traded to the Astros in Dec. 2015 in exchange for pitchers Vince Velasquez, Tom Eshelman, and Brett Oberholtzer, as well as outfielder Derek Fisher.