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Bregman 'tweaks' hamstring; Alvarez limited

@brianmctaggart
February 24, 2021

Astros manager Dusty Baker said third baseman Alex Bregman has yet to work out on the field this spring because he “tweaked” his hamstring, and he mentioned that designated hitter Yordan Alvarez has also been limited to working indoors so far as part of his recovery from double knee surgery.

Astros reliever James undergoes hip surgery

@AndrewSimonMLB
October 24, 2020

Astros right-hander Josh James likely will miss the start of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip on Friday. The recovery time for that procedure is approximately 6-8 months, the club announced on Saturday. A sixth-month recovery would take James into late

Notes: Brantley, Pressly updates; Pettis visits

@brianmctaggart
October 15, 2020

Astros outfielder Michael Brantley was back in the starting lineup for Thursday's thrilling 4-3 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. He served as the designated hitter after fouling two balls off his right foot in the seventh inning of the Game 4 win

Verlander undergoes Tommy John surgery

@brianmctaggart
October 1, 2020

HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Justin Verlander underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday, the team announced on Thursday. The recovery time is 12 to 14 months, meaning Verlander won’t pitch again until the 2022 season. Verlander, who won the 2019 AL Cy Young Award, announced last month

Astros place James on IL, recall De Jong

@brianmctaggart
September 25, 2020

The Astros placed right-hander Josh James on the injured list Friday for undisclosed reasons, manager Dusty Baker said. Baker said he hopes to have the reliever back in time for the start of the postseason Tuesday. To replace James, the Astros called up right-hander Chase De Jong from the taxi

Verlander to undergo Tommy John surgery

@brianmctaggart
September 19, 2020

HOUSTON – As they prepare to defend their American League pennant in the playoffs later this month, the Astros must face the reality of not having ace pitcher Justin Verlander for the postseason. And likely much beyond that. Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, announced via his Instagram

Astros place Peacock on IL, activate Taylor

@brianmctaggart
September 18, 2020

HOUSTON – The Astros placed veteran right-hander Brad Peacock back on the injured list Friday and activated left-hander Blake Taylor prior to the game against the D-backs at Minute Maid Park. Taylor, a rookie, had a 2.12 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 11 walks in 17 innings before going on

JV throws off hill, Astros hope for Oct. return

@brianmctaggart
September 16, 2020

HOUSTON -- After throwing 75 pitches at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, including 24 on the main mound during a simulated game against hitters, Justin Verlander’s response physically will determine his next step. The Astros are still hopeful they can get Verlander on the mound for one start near the

Correa fouls ball off ankle; X-rays negative

@brianmctaggart
September 16, 2020

HOUSTON -- The Astros breathed a huge sigh of relief late Tuesday after learning X-rays performed on the left ankle of starting shortstop Carlos Correa came back negative. Correa had to be helped off the field after fouling a ball off the ankle in the sixth inning of Houston's 4-1

JV works to return; McCullers back Wed.

@brianmctaggart
September 13, 2020

As ace pitcher Justin Verlander gets set to face hitters, possibly in the next few days, Astros manager Dusty Baker said Sunday getting the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner back for the final week of the regular season and the playoffs would be like a big trade acquisition

Baker anticipates Verlander will return in '20

@brianmctaggart
September 10, 2020

It’s growing more likely that Astros ace Justin Verlander, who suffered a strained right forearm in his first start of 2020 and was shut down, could return by the end of the regular season. Manager Dusty Baker said on Thursday that the club has mapped out a schedule for Verlander

Notes: A-Breg returning; 2 pitchers to IL

@brianmctaggart
September 7, 2020

Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday that All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman will be activated from the injured list prior to Tuesday’s doubleheader against the A’s in Oakland. Bregman has been out since straining his hamstring July 19 running the bases in Colorado. “We’ve been really monitoring him, and he’s

McCullers (neck) to IL; Reddick day to day

@brianmctaggart
September 6, 2020

The Astros’ injury-depleted pitching staff suffered another major blow on Sunday when the club announced right-handed starter Lance McCullers Jr. was headed to the 10-day injured list with a neck nerve irritation. Lefty Cionel Pérez was recalled from the taxi squad. “I think he’s going to go back [to Houston]

Astros could activate Bregman for A's series

@brianmctaggart
September 6, 2020

Astros manager Dusty Baker said Sunday he’s “hoping” All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman will be ready to be activated prior to a five-game series against the first-place A’s in Oakland, which begins Monday. Bregman, who strained the hamstring running the bases on Aug. 19 in Colorado, is on the taxi

Altuve (knee) to IL; Urquidy, Peacock up

@RichardJustice
September 5, 2020

The Astros placed second baseman Jose Altuve on the 10-day injured list on Saturday as the club dealt with the reality that his right knee sprain will need more than a day or two to heal. He’s eligible to return Sept. 14. Altuve injured the knee during a slide into

Notes: Altuve's injury; Urquidy returning

@brianmctaggart
September 4, 2020

The Astros are likely to be without star second baseman Jose Altuve for this weekend’s series against the Angels in Anaheim after he was diagnosed with a right knee sprain, manager Dusty Baker said on Friday. Altuve injured the knee sliding into third base in the first inning of Thursday’s

Pruitt has surgery on right elbow

@brianmctaggart
September 4, 2020

HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Austin Pruitt, who was acquired by the club from the Rays on Jan. 9 for a pair of Minor League prospects, underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a hairline fracture by having a screw put in his right elbow. Pruitt, who’s on the 45-day injured list, won’t

Altuve (knee) undergoes MRI after early exit

@brianmctaggart
September 3, 2020

HOUSTON -- The Astros are awaiting the results on an MRI performed on the right knee of Jose Altuve, who left Thursday’s 8-4 win over the Rangers after two innings with right knee discomfort. Altuve slid awkwardly into third base in the first inning of the game. It’s the same

Notes: Look-see for Urquidy; makeup set

@brianmctaggart
September 2, 2020

HOUSTON -- Some help may be on the way for the Astros’ pitching rotation. Right-hander Jose Urquidy, who punctuated his rookie season in 2019 with five scoreless innings in a World Series start, could be activated to pitch for the first time this season during this weekend’s series in Anaheim

Yordan undergoes surgery on both knees

@brianmctaggart
August 28, 2020

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees on Wednesday in Houston, the team announced on Friday. Alvarez, who’s out for the season, will begin physical therapy immediately, is expected to make a complete recovery and should be ready to play prior to the start of

Springer (elbow) won't bat until at least Friday

@brianmctaggart
August 25, 2020

Astros outfielder George Springer, who was forced to leave the Astros' 11-4 win over the Angels on Monday when he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch, isn’t in the lineup for either game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Angels. Manager Dusty Baker said Springer could be used

Springer day to day after HBP to elbow

Outfielder has contusion on left arm; X-rays negative
@alysonfooter
August 25, 2020

HOUSTON -- George Springer is likely to miss both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader after he was plunked on the left elbow by Jacob Barnes in the sixth inning of the Astros’ 11-4 win over the Angels on Monday. An X-ray taken on the elbow revealed a contusion. “The first thing

GM: Bregman (hamstring) out 3 weeks

@brianmctaggart
August 23, 2020

Astros All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman’s strained right hamstring is expected to sideline him for about three weeks, according to general manager James Click. Click, appearing Sunday on the Astros’ pregame show on SportsRadio 790 AM in Houston, said he’s “hoping it’s a three-week thing” in terms of Bregman’s recovery

Brantley activated by Astros; James to IL

@brianmctaggart
August 22, 2020

The Astros activated veteran outfielder Michael Brantley from the 10-day injured list about 30 minutes before their game Saturday night against the Padres at Petco Park. He took the roster spot of right-hander Josh James, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with left hip discomfort. Brantley had missed

Astros place Bregman (hamstring) on IL

@brianmctaggart
August 20, 2020

One day after losing 2019 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner Yordan Alvarez for the rest of the season with a right knee injury that will require surgery, the Astros were dealt another blow Thursday when All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman was placed on the 10-day injured list