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Injuries & Moves: Odorizzi plays catch on flat ground

May 20, 2022


Odorizzi carted off field with left lower leg discomfort

Astros bullpen battles, falters late on rainy night after the righty’s exit
May 17, 2022

BOSTON -- Jake Odorizzi exited the Astros' 6-3 loss at Fenway Park on Monday in the bottom of the fifth inning with left lower leg discomfort after going down on an attempt to cover first base. “He’s probably doing better than it looked like on the mound,” manager Dusty Baker

Altuve on IL with strained left hamstring

April 20, 2022

HOUSTON -- Wanting to be as careful as possible with their star second baseman, the Astros placed seven-time All-Star Jose Altuve on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday after he was removed from Monday’s game against the Angels with a strained left hamstring. The injury isn’t expected to keep Altuve

Knee inflammation puts Pressly on IL

April 16, 2022

SEATTLE -- Maybe the Astros finally have some explanation on All-Star closer Ryan Pressly’s dip in his velocity this year. The Astros on Saturday placed Pressly on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation. Pressly, who took the loss in Wednesday’s game in Arizona, flew to Houston to get

McCullers Jr. (flexor) will miss start of '22

March 15, 2022

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- While Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. isn’t sure when he will return to the mound this year, he said Tuesday morning his arm injury isn’t related to the Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for the 2019 season and he doesn’t believe he’s headed for

Meyers out to start '22; Astros have options

November 11, 2021

HOUSTON – The shoulder injury suffered by Astros outfielder Jake Meyers in the American League Division Series last month led to him undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, while clouding the club’s outfield picture for 2022. Meyers was expected to be the Astros’ starting

Bregman has right wrist surgery

November 8, 2021

HOUSTON -- Astros third baseman Alex Bregman underwent surgery on his right wrist Monday morning, the team announced. He can resume baseball activities in 6-10 weeks and should be ready for Spring Training. Bregman hit .270 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs in 91 games this year in the regular

Valdez gets nod to start World Series G1

October 25, 2021

HOUSTON -- Not surprisingly, Astros manager Dusty Baker tabbed left-hander Framber Valdez to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night against the Braves at Minute Maid Park. Valdez, who threw eight innings of one-run ball in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in Boston on

Garcia injury puts Astros' pitching in flux

Game 2 starter exits in second inning because of right knee strain
October 18, 2021

HOUSTON -- As if the Astros’ rotation wasn’t already going to be tested enough without its best arm, it’s quite possible Houston could be down another starter for the rest of the American League Championship Series. Hours after Lance McCullers Jr. spoke for the first time since being left off

McCullers' start cut short by arm discomfort

Bullpen combines for five shutout frames following the ace’s early exit
October 15, 2021

CHICAGO -- The American League Division Series opened with a Game 1 win with Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. on the mound in Houston. McCullers was on the mound again to start Game 4 in Chicago, and the right-hander tossed four innings of one-run ball in the Astros’ 10-1 ALDS-clinching

Astros await McCullers' MRI ahead of ALCS

October 15, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Astros are preparing for life without Lance McCullers Jr. in the American League Championship Series -- and perhaps beyond -- while they await the results of an MRI performed on their ace pitcher, who left Game 4 of the AL Division Series after four innings with tightness

Meyers' status up in air after crash into wall

Outfielder exits with shoulder discomfort after attempting to rob homer
October 15, 2021

CHICAGO -- The Astros conceded the first run of Game 4 of the American League Division Series to the White Sox on a solo homer by Gavin Sheets on Tuesday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. Though they bounced back quickly, advancing to the American League Championship Series for the fifth

Siri fractures finger; ALDS hopes in question

Baker provides update on Greinke; Báez out for the season
October 2, 2021

HOUSTON -- Astros right fielder Jose Siri suffered a small fracture of his right pinkie finger while sliding into third base in the first inning of Friday’s game, manager Dusty Baker said Saturday. Baker didn’t say how long Siri would be sidelined, but it’s hard to imagine he would be

Valdez exceeds expectations in '21 season

October 2, 2021

HOUSTON -- When Astros left-hander Framber Valdez fractured his left ring finger while fielding a ground ball in his first start of the spring on March 2, there were fears in the organization that he was going to be out for the rest of the season. That would have been

Greinke to bullpen? 'He's very open to it'

September 28, 2021

HOUSTON -- Veteran right-hander Zack Greinke pitching out of the bullpen in the playoffs is a “distinct possibility,” manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday. Greinke, who’s on the 10-day injured list with a sore neck, said last week he’d be accepting of pitching in any role the Astros want him to

Sent to IL (neck), Greinke discusses future

Veteran open to any role in postseason; 'definitely' wants to pitch in 2022
September 24, 2021

OAKLAND -- On the day he was placed on the injured list with a sore neck, veteran right-hander Zack Greinke opened up about his future in baseball, his role on the Astros and his desire to return to Houston next year in a rare in-person interview at the Coliseum on

Odorizzi 'ready to go' after foot injury

September 22, 2021

ANAHEIM -- Right-hander Jake Odorizzi is ready to return to the mound for the Astros. When that might happen remains to be seen. Nine days after he sprained his right foot while covering first base, Odorizzi on Wednesday proclaimed himself completely healthy and ready for action. He threw 20-25 pitches

Odorizzi (right foot) placed on 10-day IL

September 14, 2021

ARLINGTON -- Astros starter Jake Odorizzi was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday after suffering a right foot injury while making a play at first base in Monday’s win over the Rangers. The right-hander, a 10-year veteran in his first season with Houston, stepped hard on the bag while

Odorizzi exits in 2nd with sore foot

September 14, 2021

ARLINGTON -- After a short 66-pitch, five-inning victory last Tuesday, Astros starter Jake Odorizzi made it clear last week he wants to stay in games longer than manager Dusty Baker let him that night. But Baker had no choice but to pull Odorizzi early Monday after the Astros righty injured

Jones near return; Berkman to be honored

September 11, 2021

HOUSTON -- What matters most now that Taylor Jones is past his recent bout with COVID-19 is that he experienced only minor symptoms, he was able to recover quickly, and he and his family are all healthy. But from a baseball perspective, it’s fair to say that the timing of

Castro (knee) to IL; Stubbs recalled

August 29, 2021

ARLINGTON -- Astros catcher Jason Castro was placed on the injured list Sunday morning with a right knee injury. Manager Dusty Baker said Castro was being sent back to Houston to get the knee checked out while catcher Garrett Stubbs was en route from Triple-A to join the club. Castro

How will the Astros' expanded roster look?

August 28, 2021

ARLINGTON -- The days of lengthy rosters and stuffed clubhouses in September are a thing of the past in baseball. Instead of being able to expand rosters to include every player on the 40-man roster as in years past, the Astros will only be able to add two spots on

'It's go time' for Bregman in finale vs. KC

August 25, 2021

HOUSTON -- The wait is over for Alex Bregman. The third baseman, who hasn’t played for the Astros since suffering a left quad strain on June 16, will bat sixth against the Royals in his first game back from the injured list. In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned infielder

'Ready to contribute': Tucker returns from IL

August 25, 2021

HOUSTON -- Astros right fielder Kyle Tucker confirmed Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19, which was why he was placed on the injured list Aug. 14. Tucker was activated from the IL prior to Tuesday’s game against the Royals, but he wasn’t in the starting lineup. Tucker, who is

Urquidy nearing return to Astros: 'I felt great'

August 22, 2021

HOUSTON -- With right-hander José Urquidy on schedule to return to the Astros’ rotation when rosters expand Sept. 1, Houston could employ a six-man starting pitching rotation in the final month of the regular season, which would help conserve innings for the other starters prior to the playoffs. Urquidy, who’s