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Yulieski Gurriel | Designated Hitter | #10

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2016 / UDFA / HOU
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Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) lined out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday against the Pirates.
Gurriel was held out of the Astros' starting lineup for the third straight game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's something he came down with in his major league debut Sunday versus the Orioles. Gurriel should be ready to rock for the opening of a three-game weekend series Friday night against the Rays. Aug 25 - 8:55 AM

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Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) remains absent from the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

Gurriel has now started just one of four games since joining the active major league roster on Sunday. He left his MLB debut with tightness in his right hamstring and is still apparently experiencing discomfort. This is probably a good time for a reminder that the Cuban slugger is 32 years old. Alex Bregman will start at third base again and bat second Wednesday versus Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.
Aug 24 - 10:19 AM

Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

Gurriel left his MLB debut on Sunday with right hamstring tightness and was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Monday. His status appears to be the same for Tuesday. Alex Bregman is starting at third base and batting second versus Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova.
Aug 23 - 4:05 PM

Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Pirates.

Gurriel exited his MLB debut on Sunday because of hamstring tightness, but he's expected to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. The Astros don't have the DH available under National League rules, so look for him to either play third base or left field.
Aug 23 - 8:41 AM

Yulieski Gurriel is available off the bench Monday against the Pirates.

Gurriel left his MLB debut Sunday with some tightness in his hamstring, but it's not considered serious. The Astros don't have the DH available for their series against the Pirates, but Gurriel is likely to be back in the lineup Tuesday either at third base or in left field.
Aug 22 - 6:52 PM

Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

Gurriel went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in his MLB debut Sunday before leaving with tightness in his right hamstring. He's considered day-to-day and will sit with the DH unavailable under National League rules. He could get a start a third base during the series, but Alex Bregman is starting there Monday. Left field is also an option.
Aug 22 - 4:04 PM

Yulieski Gurriel left his MLB debut against the Orioles with tightness in his right hamstring.

After sitting through a lengthy rain delay, the right hamstring tightened up on the Cuban slugger. He's considered day-to-day for now, though Gurriel said that he'll be in the lineup on Monday night in Pittsburgh.
Aug 21 - 9:08 PM

Yulieski Gurriel went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in his major league debut against the Orioles on Sunday.

Serving as the designated hitter and batting sixth in the Astros lineup, the 32-year-old slugger impressed in his very first major league game. He should find himself in the lineup on a nightly basis here on out and makes for an interesting addition in mixed leagues.
Aug 21 - 8:59 PM

Astros recalled 3B Yulieski Gurriel from Triple-A Fresno.

Gurriel will make his major league debut in the designated hitter spot against the Orioles. Most of his playing time figures to come at third base, although he did make one start in left field in the minors. Alex Bregman might now see most of his starts in left. Gurriel batted an underwhelming .250/.262/.429 with two homers over 15 minor league games, but the 32-year-old has a seasoned bat and could hit the ground running with the Astros.
Aug 21 - 8:29 AM

Yulieski Gurriel will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.

The Astros' free agent prize from Cuba is finally ready to make his big league debut. Gurriel mostly played third base during his 15-game stint in the minor leagues though he did make one start in left field. He'll serve as the DH in his debut Sunday against the Orioles. Gurriel hit .250 in the minors with two homers and 14 RBI in 56 at-bats.
Aug 20 - 11:13 PM

Yulieski Gurriel will start in left field Thursday for Triple-A Fresno.

Well that's an interesting development. The expectation was that Gurriel would only play third base during his rehab assignment but it looks like the Astros are going to try him in the outfield. Gurriel has some outfield experience from his playing days in Cuba and got some reps there when he worked out for the Astros prior to signing. Moving Gurriel to the outfield full time would allow top prospect Alex Bregman to remain at third base.
Aug 18 - 7:35 PM

Yulieski Gurriel went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday in his second game with Triple-A Fresno.

But that comes after a big 3-for-4 debut at the Triple-A level on Tuesday. Gurriel, signed last month to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, is batting .283/.294/.500 with two home runs, four doubles, and 14 RBI through 15 minor league games. The 32-year-old Cuban third baseman should join the Astros' major league roster within the next few days.
Aug 18 - 9:56 AM

Yulieski Gurriel is expected to move up to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

Gurriel was expected to be on the fast track to the majors, but he hit .118 (2-for-17) with no extra-base hits, six strikeouts, and one walk over five games during his time with Double-A Corpus Christi. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com via text message on Monday that there's no specific timetable for the 32-year-old Cuban to join the Astros, but wrote that "he is getting close."
Aug 15 - 4:27 PM

Yulieski Gurriel went 0-for-3 in his debut Tuesday night with Double-A Corpus Christi.

He got the bump to Double-A after batting .381 with a 1.014 OPS in 23 plate appearances between the Gulf Coast League and High-A Lancaster. Corpus Christi is supposed to the final minor league stop for the 32-year-old Cuban, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Astros on July 15. He will play third base in the majors, with Alex Bregman spending more time between DH and left field.
Aug 9 - 10:22 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that the team doesn't plan on Yulieski Gurriel playing another position aside from third base during his time with Double-A Corpus Christi.

In other words, the Astros are preparing him to play third base in the majors. Once he arrives, Alex Bregman will likely split time between left field, designated hitter, and third base. Gurriel is 8-for-21 (.381) with one homer and three doubles through his first six games in the minors. He's not far off from joining the Astros, so now is the time to pick him up in fantasy leagues.
Aug 8 - 7:47 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
1B1A.J. Reed
2Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Alex Bregman
2Colby Rasmus
3Tony Kemp
CF1Jake Marisnick
2Teoscar Hernandez
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
2Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Pat Neshek
6Michael Feliz
7Chris Devenski
8Brad Peacock