Injuries & Moves: Alvarez day to day following collision

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Keep track of the Astros’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

July 1: OF day to day following collision
Alvarez was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game on Friday following his collision in the outfield with shortstop Jeremy Peña on June 29. The team said Alvarez, who hit .418 with a 1.345 OPS in June, has to clear concussion protocol before he can play, but he worked out on the field with the team prior to the series opener against the Angels. -- Brian McTaggart

July 1: C Jason Castro placed on 10-day IL; C Korey Lee's contract purchased from Triple-A
Castro, who hit a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Mets on Wednesday, was placed on the 10-day injured list with left knee discomfort. To fill his spot on the roster, Lee, the Astros' No. 2 prospect, was called up for his Major League debut. -- Brian McTaggart

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day injured lists

C Jason Castro (left knee discomfort)
Expected return:
TBD
There is still no word on how Castro injured the knee or how long he might be out. He’s had a long history of injuries with his right knee, including an ACL surgery in 2011 and a stint on the injured list last year. -- Brian McTaggart (Last updated: July 1)

RHP Jake Odorizzi (lower left leg tendon strain)
Expected return: Early July
Odorizzi, who's been out since May 17 with a lower left leg tendon strain, is close to returning to the Astros. Odorizzi threw his second of two Minor League rehab assignments June 29 at Double-A Corpus Christi, throwing 78 pitches in five scoreless innings while allowing three hits and striking out six. On June 24 at Triple-A Sugar Land, he allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four over three innings. Odorizzi has gone 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA in seven starts for the Astros this year. -- Brian McTaggart (Last updated: June 30)

LF (right shoulder discomfort)
Expected return: Early July
Brantley, who is batting .288/.370/.416, went on the 10-day IL with right shoulder discomfort. Manager Dusty Baker said he's hopeful that Brantley, who underwent an MRI on his shoulder during Monday's off-day, will be back and fully healthy in 10 days. -- Brian McTaggart (Last updated: June 30)

LHP Parker Mushinski (left elbow discomfort)
Expected return: TBD
Mushinski threw one scoreless inning against the Mariners on June 6, but he was then placed on the 15-day injured list with left elbow discomfort. He's been throwing off the mound in his rehab. The left-hander has a 4.26 ERA in six appearances (6 1/3 innings) with the big league club this season. -- Brian McTaggart (Last updated: June 30)

60-day injured list

RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (right flexor tendon)
Expected return: August
McCullers, who injured his right flexor tendon in last year's American League Division Series and then suffered a setback in his recovery in January, threw another live batting practice session at Minute Maid Park on July 1. He threw 27 pitches -- sitting at 90-93 mph -- including five sliders and three curveballs.

"The velo's pretty good with what we're doing here on par with the lives I've always thrown in the spring, so that's a good sign," McCullers said. "I wanted to mix the breaking stuff in today, so that was a focus. Sliders were really good. I threw all three curveballs for strikes. Velo and numbers, as far as break patterns and things like that, are the exact same. All in all, it was a really solid day and another step in the rehab process." -- Brian McTaggart (Last updated: July 1)

LHP Blake Taylor (left elbow inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Taylor started throwing a baseball off flat ground July 1, the day he was transferred to the 60-day injured list. Taylor last pitched on June 3 in Kansas City. -- Brian McTaggart (Last updated: July 1)

RHP Josh James (right lat strain)
Expected return:
TBD
James appeared in 23 games for Triple-A Sugar Land, posting a 7.59 ERA. He was placed on the seven-day injured list on June 21 after not pitching since June 15. James, 29, has appeared in 73 career games for the Astros since 2018, posting a 4.64 ERA. -- Brian McTaggart (Last updated: June 23)