Injuries & Roster Moves: Castro nears return

June 13th, 2021

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

ROSTER MOVES

June 11: RHP placed on the 10-day IL
Paredes was put on the injured list with a right shoulder strain following his June 10 outing in Boston in which he allowed two runs and two walks without recording an out. He was on the IL from April 9-May 15 with left side soreness.

June 11: RHP activated
Garza rejoins the Astros after giving up three runs (two earned) -- on a three-run homer by Wil Myers -- in his only previous Major League outing, May 29 against the Padres in Houston.

INJURY UPDATES

10-day IL

C Jason Castro (left Achilles soreness)
Expected return: Tuesday
Castro caught five innings and almost 200 pitches in a rehab outing on June 11 and was scheduled to start again June 13 for Triple-A Sugar Land. That could be his final game before being activated. (Last updated: June 13)

RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (right shoulder soreness)
Expected return: Tuesday
McCullers, who threw 64 pitches in four innings in a rehab outing for Triple-A Sugar Land on June 10, will come off the IL and start Tuesday against the Rangers. McCullers developed fluid in his bursa sac in his right shoulder after his last outing on May 22. (Last updated: June 13)

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)