Injuries & Roster Moves: Stubbs back in bigs

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

ROSTER MOVES

June 17: 3B placed on the 10-day injured list
Bregman strained his left quad running down the first base line in the first inning against the Rangers on June 16.

June 17: C recalled from Triple-A
Stubbs, who was just optioned two days earlier when Jason Castro was activated, is back to replace Alex Bregman on the roster.

June 16: IF recalled up from Triple-A
Toro was hitting .352 over 17 games for the Sugar Land Skeeters.

June 16: OF placed on IL
Tucker was placed on the injured list for health and safety protocols.

INJURY UPDATES

10-day IL

3B (left quad strain)
Expected return:
 TBD
Bregman was placed on the 10-day IL with a left quad strain, an injury he suffered while attempting to beat out a double-play ball in the first inning of the June 16 game against the Rangers. (Last updated: June 17)

OF (illness)
Expected return: TBD
Tucker, who was out of the lineup on June 15, is on the injured list for health and safety protocols. No timetable on a return was announced, but the team is “not concerned,” according to GM James Click. (Last updated: June 16)

RHP (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: TBA
Paredes landed back on the IL for the second time in a month on June 11 after walking two batters, giving up two runs and not recording an out in his June 10 outing in Boston. He was on the IL from April 9-May 15 with left side soreness (Last updated: June 11)

RHP (right elbow soreness)
Expected return: Mid- to late June
Smith last pitched for the Astros on June 5, allowing one hit in a scoreless inning. But manager Dusty Baker said Smith has been “fighting [the elbow soreness] for a little while,” and it was time to deal with it. Smith’s IL placement is retroactive to June 6. (Last updated: June 9)

IF/OF Aledmys Díaz (fractured left hand)
Expected return: August
The Astros will be without Díaz for approximately six to eight weeks after he suffered a fractured left hand on June 5. Díaz was struck on the left hand in the second inning on a pitch thrown by Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling. Díaz has started games at every position this year except center field and catcher. He’s started seven games in left field, six games at third base and second base, four games at first base, three at shortstop and one in right field. He’s also started at designated hitter twice. (Last updated: June 6)

RHP Bryan Abreu (left calf strain)
Expected return:
TBD
Abreu strained his calf while shagging fly balls in the outfield on Saturday and was placed on the 10-day IL on Sunday. He’s appeared in 21 games, posting a 4.21 ERA. Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Abreu could be out “a while.” (Last updated: June 1)

60-day IL

RHP (left hip surgery)
Expected return: Late June at earliest
Recently, James has been “doing great with his hip,” manager Dusty Baker said, but he suffered a setback in the form of a hamstring injury during his conditioning. The righty had been throwing in the bullpen, though Baker is unsure if the hamstring issue has forced James to shut down for now. James underwent surgery on his left hip on Oct. 23 to repair a labral tear and was facing a recovery time of 6-8 months. He’s rehabbing in West Palm Beach, Fla. The timing for a potential Minor League rehab assignment remains up in the air. (Last updated: June 10)

RHP (right shoulder soreness)
Expected return: TBD
Báez, signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, was set back in the spring with a COVID-19 diagnosis and then suffered a right shoulder injury. He’s “progressing pretty well,” manager Dusy Baker said, while rehabbing in West Palm Beach, Fla. Báez is throwing off flat ground up to 180 feet. (Last updated: June 10)

LHP (left elbow surgery)
Expected return: 2022
Emanuel underwent surgery June 3 to fix the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, ending his season. Emanuel, who tore his UCL at the beginning of 2020 and tried to rehab the injury with platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections, avoided a second Tommy John surgery and could be ready for the start of the 2022 season. (Last updated: June 4)

RHP (right elbow surgery)
Expected return: TBD
Pruitt underwent surgery on Sept. 2 to repair a hairline fracture by having a screw put in his elbow. Astros GM James Click said Pruitt is a little bit behind James’ rehab schedule. (Last updated: May 26)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2022
Verlander, who had Tommy John surgery Sept. 30, spoke to reporters May 7 and said he was throwing a baseball at 90 feet and was determined to come back next season. He didn’t completely rule out a return this October as a reliever, but that comes with a higher risk of reinjury. (Last updated: May 25)