A decision for Fred Gladding to undergo surgery for removal of bone chips and a spur from his elbow took the big righthander out of the Astros’ picture for the season. The 32-year-old relief pitcher had been bothered by the trouble all year and had pitched in six games, working six and two-thirds innings. Gladding injured the elbow early in spring training, but was not put on the disabled list for three weeks in hopes the arm would finally come around. Gladding finally went on the active list, but reinjured the elbow late in June. He did record a save, and finished with a 1-1 record with a 2.70 ERA. Gladding was acquired from Detroit in exchange for Eddie Mathews, who ironically was to undergo surgery at about the same time as Gladding.
In other roster moves, the Astros recalled Norm Miller from Oklahoma City (Pacific Coast) and optioned Ivan Murrell to the 89ers. Murrell had six hits in 59 at-bats for a .102 average. Bob Watson departed for two weeks of Army Reserve duty July 5. When Watson completes his service training, it will leave only pitcher Larry Dierker to take his turn in khakis and dungarees.