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Altuve (left hand injury) to miss All-Star Game

July 11, 2024

HOUSTON -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, nursing a swollen and bruised left hand following a hit by a pitch, opted Thursday to skip the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Altuve, voted by fans as a starter on the American League team for the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday in Arlington,

Altuve feeling OK despite HBP, early exit 

July 6, 2024

MINNEAPOLIS -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who was voted in as the starter at second base for the American League in the All-Star Game earlier this week, escaped serious injury after being hit on the left hand with a pitch in Friday’s 13-12 win over the Twins. Altuve went

Astros' France (right shoulder surgery) out for the season

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July 2, 2024

TORONTO -- The tests to the Astros’ pitching depth keep on coming. The club announced on Tuesday that right-hander J.P. France will miss the rest of the season following Monday’s surgery to repair a torn right shoulder capsule. France has dealt with shoulder issues since the offseason, as inflammation caused

Verlander scratched from start vs. Tigers with neck discomfort

June 15, 2024

HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Justin Verlander hopes he will miss only one start after he was scratched from his scheduled outing on Saturday against the Tigers with neck discomfort. Rookie right-hander Spencer Arrighetti, who was originally scheduled to start on Sunday, took Verlander’s turn in the rotation in Houston's eventual

Tucker lands on IL, dealing another blow to Astros

June 8, 2024

ANAHEIM -- Astros right fielder Kyle Tucker, who entered Friday tied with Baltimore’s Gunnar Henderson for the second-most home runs in the Major Leagues with 19, was placed on the 10-day injured list shortly before Friday’s game against the Angels with a right shin contusion. "He’s just not progressing as

Urquidy, Javier undergo Tommy John, out for remainder of '24

June 7, 2024

ANAHEIM -- Astros starting pitchers José Urquidy and Cristian Javier both underwent Tommy John surgery this week and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced on Friday. Urquidy had surgery on Wednesday, Javier on Thursday. Earlier this week, general manager Dana Brown said the pair was set

Javier, Urquidy to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

June 5, 2024

HOUSTON -- Astros starting pitchers José Urquidy and Cristian Javier will each undergo right elbow surgery and will miss the rest of the 2024 season, general manager Dana Brown announced Wednesday. Urquidy’s surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, while Javier will undergo surgery on Thursday. The club is not yet categorizing

Cristian Javier to undergo Tommy John surgery (source)

June 4, 2024

HOUSTON -- Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday, a source told MLB.com. The team has not confirmed the news, which was first reported by The Athletic. Javier, who has been sidelined since May 27, sought a second opinion on his right forearm this week.

X-rays negative, Tucker day to day after fouling ball off shin

June 4, 2024

HOUSTON -- Right fielder Kyle Tucker was removed from the Astros' game on Monday night at Minute Maid Park during his at-bat in the third inning after he fouled a ball off his right shin. Tucker underwent X-rays, which came back negative, and is currently day to day. It’s fair

Astros getting second opinion on Urquidy

June 3, 2024

HOUSTON -- Responding to an ESPN report posted Monday that said José Urquidy could be headed for his second Tommy John surgery, Astros officials offered only that the right-hander, who has a forearm strain, is awaiting a second opinion from doctors. ESPN’s Alden González and Jeff Passan reported that Urquidy,

Verlander's season debut appears to be on the horizon

April 15, 2024

HOUSTON -- Justin Verlander's long-awaited season debut could come for the Astros this weekend against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., assuming his bullpen session Tuesday goes off without a hitch. Verlander threw four innings Saturday for Double-A Corpus Christi in his final Minor League rehab start and said Monday he

Framber lands on IL with left elbow inflammation

April 10, 2024

KANSAS CITY -- The Astros have placed left-hander Framber Valdez on the 15-day IL retroactive to April 6 after an examination in Houston revealed inflammation in his left elbow. Valdez, who was scheduled to start on Monday in Arlington, was sent back to Houston after reporting soreness in the elbow

Verlander accomplishes healthy goals in first rehab outing

Astros right-hander throws 65 pitches, hits 95 mph on fastball for Triple-A Sugar Land
April 7, 2024

ARLINGTON -- Despite giving up six earned runs and seven hits in three-plus innings in his first Minor League rehab start on Sunday afternoon with Triple-A Sugar Land, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said he felt great physically after throwing 65 pitches against Las Vegas, the Triple-A affiliate of the A’s.

Verlander throws sim game, rehab start to follow

April 1, 2024

HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, who began the season on the injured list while he builds up his pitch count for the season, could be headed out on a Minor League rehab assignment soon. Verlander threw three innings and 52 pitches in a simulated game on Monday afternoon at

Verlander throws second BP; rehab starts might be next

March 26, 2024

Justin Verlander threw his second live batting practice session in a week Tuesday, pitching two innings in Houston and coming out feeling good. Verlander, who will start the year on the injured list for the second straight season, faced Grae Kessinger, Jon Singleton and Corey Julks. The right-hander said he

Verlander feeling good about progress after first live BP

March 22, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said Friday he emerged from his first live batting practice session of the spring feeling great about his progress as he inches closer to being able to get into games. Verlander, who has been slow to build up at camp this

With Urquidy sidelined, here's the Astros' potential starting rotation

March 18, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The news Monday that José Urquidy is likely to begin the season on the injured list after being diagnosed with a right forearm muscle strain has further put the squeeze on an Astros starting rotation that will already be without ace Justin Verlander when the

Urquidy's sore elbow another challenge for Astros' rotation

Right-hander leaves the field after throwing 43 pitches during a Minor League contest
March 15, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Less than two weeks before the start of the regular season, the Astros’ starting pitching depth is a growing concern as veteran right-hander José Urquidy walked off the field after throwing 43 pitches in a Minor League game on Friday with a sore elbow. Astros

Facing hitters is 'definitely on the table' for Verlander

Astros right-hander encouraged after hitting 92-93 mph during his one inning off the mound
March 15, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, who will begin the season on the injured list while he continues to build up his pitch count, said on Friday that he’s “definitely getting close to facing hitters,” which he has yet to do since reporting to camp a couple

Verlander (shoulder) needs time to build strength, will open season on IL

March 5, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Because he hasn’t progressed to the point where he can start facing hitters on the back fields, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander will have to start the season on the injured list. Manager Joe Espada made the announcement Tuesday after discussing it with Verlander and other

Verlander (right shoulder) feeling great after bullpen session

February 28, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A day after having a bullpen session, Astros right-hander Justin Verlander arrived at CACTI Park of the Palm Beaches feeling great Wednesday morning before Houston's 6-1 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, according to manager Joe Espada. Verlander, 41, has

Verlander ups intensity in latest bullpen session

Urquidy solid in first spring start; Montero 'dynamite' in live BP
February 27, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros right-hander Justin Verlander has yet to pitch in an exhibition game because of right shoulder issues. However, he had another bullpen session on Tuesday morning without any problems. Verlander threw with more intensity and his delivery was consistent. He commanded his fastball and changeup

Verlander: 'Hard to forecast' return to game action

February 25, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- It’s still too soon to tell whether Astros ace Justin Verlander will be ready to pitch on Opening Day. Verlander reported to camp a couple of weeks behind schedule because of a shoulder issue that popped up just before the start of Spring Training. Verlander

Verlander slowed by shoulder issue; timetable unclear

February 14, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It didn’t take long for the Astros to suffer their first bit of bad news at the start of Spring Training on Wednesday, when veteran right-hander Justin Verlander said a shoulder issue has put him behind his throwing schedule by a couple of weeks. Verlander