The Houston Astros called up right-hander Jose Veras from Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated for assignment veteran right-hander Kyle Farnsworth on Thursday.
Veras, who was signed on June 15, hurled two scoreless innings on one hit while striking out four for Oklahoma City. He had been released by the Chicago Cubs five days earlier. Veras was 21 for 25 in save chances last year.
The 38-year-old Farnsworth, who signed with Houston six weeks ago after being let go by the New York Mets, has surrendered six earned runs on nine hits in his last 5 1/3 innings. He is 0-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 2/3 innings this year.