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Matt Albers | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Matt Albers (shoulder) has been throwing since December 1 and is expected to throw for teams next month.
Albers was limited to eight appearances in 2014 due to shoulder problems and the Astros declined his $3 million option for 2015 after the season. He's just turning 32 this month and has had success in the past in a middle relief role, so he's a worthwhile gamble if healthy. Jan 13 - 11:26 AM

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Chris Cotillo of reports that Matt Albers (shoulder) plans to throw for teams in February.

Albers missed most of the 2014 season with shoulder issues and is still rehabbing that injury. He's hoping to impress enough during an audition in February so that someone will sign him during spring training. If healthy, Albers can be a decent middle reliever.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 09:05:00 PM

Astros activated RHP Matt Albers from the 60-day disabled list; declined his $3 million option for 2015.

Albers was limited to eight appearances in 2014 due to shoulder problems. He's had some success as a middle reliever in the past and will only be 32 years old when the 2015 season begins, so the right-hander should have little trouble finding a new team.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 03:50:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) is not expected to return this season.

Albers has been out since April with shoulder issues. He pitched well when healthy and has a reasonable $3 million club option for next season, but it may prove to be too expensive if the Astros are concerned about his ability to stay healthy.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Matt Albers (shoulder) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

Albers threw all fastballs at about 75-percent intensity, but it was still a big step for him, as he's been sidelined since late April with right shoulder tendinitis. He'll continue to ramp things up in the coming days in hopes of making it back before the end of the season, but that's obviously far from a given at this point.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 09:46:00 AM

Matt Albers (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

It's the first time he'll throw from the bump since he had a setback with his shoulder tendinitis. There's no timetable for Albers' return, but obviously Friday's session will be a nice step in the right direction if it goes well. "I've been feeling pretty good," Albers said. "I think I felt pretty good a couple of times and then when I got off the mound, I had a setback. Hopefully, this time we're making sure I stretch it out and get some extra throwing in before I get back off the mound, but it's feeling pretty good right now."
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 08:37:00 PM

Astros transferred RHP Matt Albers from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Gregory Petit. Albers has been out since late April with right shoulder tendinitis and isn't close to returning.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) isn't close to returning to action.

Albers has made slow progress since he landed on the disabled list in late April with right shoulder tendinitis. Similar to the Jesse Crain situation, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that the hope is he'll be ready to throw off a mound in the next 10 days, but he's still a ways off from pitching with the big club again.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) is hoping to resume throwing off a mound during the Astros' June 24-July 2 homestand.

The reliever has been out since late April with right shoulder tendinitis but said Sunday that he's "feeling a lot better." The Astros are hoping he'll make it back before the end of the first half.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 11:28:00 AM

The Astros hope to get Matt Albers (shoulder) back before the All-Star break.

Albers has been out since late April with right shoulder tendinitis. He attempted to ramp things up in a simulated game last month, but still didn't feel right. The Astros are hoping he'll make it back before the end of the first half, but he can't afford any more setbacks.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 09:24:00 AM

Matt Albers (shoulder) said he could be out of action another three to four weeks while recovering from shoulder tendinitis.

Albers tried to throw a simulated game at full effort on Friday but had to shut it down because it didn't feel right. An MRI showed no structural damage, so it's just an issue of managing the discomfort. Albers had a cortisone injection in the shoulder on Tuesday, and he'll be shut down from throwing for at least 10 days.
Wed, May 14, 2014 07:54:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) will be shut down from throwing for 10 days after receiving a cortisone shot Tuesday.

Albers has been dealing with a shoulder issue for three weeks and hasn't made the necessary progress. He seems unlikely to return until June now.
Tue, May 13, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) said Monday that he's "in a holding pattern."

Albers had a scheduled simulated game Friday canceled after he felt some discomfort while warming up. "I feel OK, it's just when I'm playing catch, it feels good," he said. "When you let it go, not as great. Kind of shut down the sim game, didn't want to push it and make things worse." For what it's worth, Albers added that he wants to resume throwing "soon."
Mon, May 12, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) had a scheduled simulated game Friday canceled due to discomfort.

Albers had been set for activation from the DL had he gotten through the simulated game with no issues. Astros manager Bo Porter didn't call it a setback, but it's hard to think of it as anything else. It's not clear at this point when Albers might attempt to throw again.
Fri, May 9, 2014 05:34:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Albers threw a bullpen session Sunday and will continue throwing from a mound this week. He's eligible to return Wednesday and it sounds like he might only need a just-beyond-the-minimum stay on the DL.
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:18:00 PM

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