Astros Trade 2B Keppinger to Giants

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros have traded second baseman Jeff Keppinger to the San Francisco Giants for two AA pitchers.

Houston also purchased the contract of infielder Jose Altuve from AA Corpus Christi on Tuesday.

Keppinger is batting .307 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 43 games this season since his return from foot surgery.

The Giants have had injury problems at second base this season with Freddy Sanchez out since June 10 with a dislocated right shoulder. They signed former Houston second baseman Bill Hall after Sanchez was injured, but he is on the disabled list because of with a leg laceration.

The last-place Astros received right-handed starter Henry Sosa and right-hander reliever Jason Stoffel.

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