BROADALBIN –Broadalbin-Perth High School and Siena College product Matt Gage was called up to the major leagues Tuesday by the world champion Houston Astros.
The Astros recalled Gage, a lefthanded reliever, from Triple-A Sugar Land while also placing righthander Luis Garcia on the 15-day injured list.
The 30-year old Gage, a 2011 Broadalbin-Perth graduate who was selected by San Francisco Giants in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He made his big-league debut last June with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he went 0-1 with a 1.38 earned run average in 13 innings over 11 relief appearances.
Gage was released by the Blue Jays this past offseason and claimed off waivers by the Astros in February. He was optioned to Triple-A in March, and had a 5.00 ERA over nine innings in eight appearances for the Sugar Land Space Cowboys prior to Tuesday’s call-up.
“It’s kind of coming full-circle,” Gage said in a video interview posted to Twitter by Houston’s SportsTalk 790. “It’s a lot of fun whenever you get a phone call like that, no matter what year it is, what organization it’s with. It’s a blessing to be even chosen and considered.”
Gage joined the Astros for Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Minute Maid Park in Houston.