Player News - Astros

Date: Team: Pos:

Josh Reddick (heel) is considered day-to-day.

Reddick made an early exit from Monday night's series opener against the Mariners after experiencing some mild soreness around his right Achilles tendon. He could be available off the bench Tuesday.
Sep 18 - 5:11 PM

Lance McCullers (forearm) threw a 30-pitch simulated game Tuesday at the Astros' spring training complex in West Palm Beach.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch called it another good step forward. McCullers, who's been out since August 4 with a right forearm strain, could potentially return to the Astros as a multi-inning reliever before the end of the regular season.
Sep 18 - 5:08 PM

Josh Reddick is day-to-day with right Achilles soreness.

The Astros initially announced the injury as right ankle discomfort, but manager A.J. Hinch revealed after that game that the soreness was more in Reddick's Achilles. It doesn't seem to be something the team is overly concerned with at this time, but they'll be careful with the outfielder.
Sep 17 - 11:44 PM

Framber Valdez gave up two hits and struck out six in five scoreless innings, but took a no-decision against the Mariners.

Valdez didn't give up many hits, but he did walk five, so there were plenty of runners in this one. Plenty of runners who didn't score, however. It's a nice rebound from his previous start on Tuesday against the Tigers, but once again the control gives pause, as he threw just 41-of-81 pitches for strikes. Still, Valdez has allowed no more than one run in four of his five appearances, and his ERA is a strong 2.20 in 28 2/3 innings with the Astros. He'll face the Angels on Sunday.
Sep 17 - 11:25 PM

Josh Reddick was lifted from Monday's game versus the Mariners with right ankle discomfort.

It's not clear when or how Reddick suffered the injury or if it might be more than a day-to-day situation. The Astros should have more on his status after the game.
Sep 17 - 9:58 PM

Josh James will start for the Astros on Tuesday versus the Mariners.

The Astros have decided to push Gerrit Cole back a few days to give him some rest. James holds a 4.22 ERA and 17/4 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings in one start and two relief appearances for Houston. He hasn't made a start in two and a half weeks and probably won't be ready for more than five innings Tuesday, but he's still worthy of streaming consideration.
Sep 17 - 5:14 PM

Gerrit Cole's next scheduled start has been pushed back to Friday against the Angels.

Cole had been slated to pitch Tuesday versus the Mariners, but the Astros apparently want to give him some extra rest. Setting things up for their playoff rotation was surely a consideration, as well. Josh James will make a spot start Tuesday.
Sep 17 - 5:11 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 11 batters over seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Astros' 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Verlander was again brilliant, posting a double-digit strikeout total for the third time in his last four starts. He issued just a single walk and gave up only three hits, one being a David Peralta solo home run in the top of the sixth. The veteran right-hander is now 16-9 on the season with a 2.67 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 269/36 K/BB ratio in 32 starts covering 202 innings. He has a case for the 2018 American League Cy Young Award. Up next is a matchup at home against the Angels.
Sep 16 - 5:35 PM

Astros recalled OF Kyle Tucker from Triple-A Fresno.

Fresno's season ended Saturday, so Tucker will now get another shot with the big club. While his future remains very bright, he doesn't figure to play a whole lot down the stretch.
Sep 16 - 10:50 AM

Astros transferred RHP Jandel Gustave from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Myles Straw. Gustave has been out all season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Sep 16 - 9:03 AM

Brad Peacock (illness) struck out the side but allowed a run on two hits and a walk in his return to action Saturday.

Peacock didn't pitch for a week and a half because of hand, foot, and mouth disease. While he wasn't sharp Saturday, Peacock should ultimately be fine now that he's feeling better.
Sep 16 - 8:22 AM

Charlie Morton gave up two runs over six innings in 10-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Morton was perfect through the first three innings, but he gave up a sacrifice fly to David Peralta in the fourth and a solo homer to Ketel Marte in the fifth. He gave up just three hits and no walks while striking out seven batters. He’s rounding into form following a brief stint on the disabled list with a right shoulder issue. He’ll bring a 3.15 ERA into a start against the Angels next week.
Sep 15 - 11:30 PM

Jose Altuve filled up the box score Saturday against the Diamondbacks by going 2-for-3 with a two-run double, a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored.

Altuve went into a bit of a funk from late August through early September, but he’s now hit safely in seven out of his last eight games. The stolen base was his 16th of the season, but just his first since August 22.
Sep 15 - 11:28 PM

George Springer (shoulder) went 4-for-5 with three runs scored Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

All four of his hits were singles. Still, fantasy owners will happily take it. Springer was forced to leave Friday’s game after hurting his shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield, but it sure looks like he’s feeling better.
Sep 15 - 11:27 PM

Lance McCullers (forearm) hit 94 mph in a bullpen session Saturday.

McCullers also faced at least one hitter in the session in West Palm Beach, Florida. The bullpen came four days after he threw 40 pitches on Tuesday. He'll throw another bullpen session next Tuesday, and certainly seems to be trending toward getting into a game before the year's out. He'll return as a reliever, if he is able to return this year at all.
Sep 15 - 4:13 PM


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