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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 and hit his 21st homer to score the Astros' only run Friday against the A's.
It was just Valbuena's second homer in six weeks. However, he's been raising his average; it stood at .195 after he hit his 18th and 19th homers on June 23 and it's .213 now. As a result, he's getting playing time at first over Chris Carter with Jed Lowrie back. Manager A.J. Hinch will likely just go with the hot hand the rest of the way. Aug 8 - 12:51 AM

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Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

Valbuena had played the last three days after missing time with a sprained left big toe. With the Rays throwing lefty Matt Moore, he'll get some more rest Sunday. Marwin Gonzalez is at third base.
Jul 12 - 11:31 AM

Luis Valbuena (toe) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup Thursday.

Valbuena hadn't played since Sunday due to a sprained left big toe. He could probably use the All-Star break for it to get back to 100 percent.
Jul 10 - 8:10 AM

Luis Valbuena (toe) remained out of the Astros' lineup Wednesday.

He hasn't played since Sunday due to a sprained left big toe. Valbuena is hoping to be back in action by the end of the week. Marwin Gonzalez is handling third base.
Jul 8 - 3:54 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that Luis Valbuena (toe) could see action in this week's Indians series.

Said action will not be coming on Tuesday unless it's as a pinch-hitter, as Valbuena is not listed in the starting lineup. He's now missed two in a row as he nurses a sprained left big toe. The Astros will play the Indians through Thursday.
Jul 7 - 5:00 PM

Luis Valbuena (toe) is out again Tuesday against the Indians.

Valbuena is dealing with a sprained left big toe and will miss his second straight start. He's hopeful that a few days of rest will do the trick. Marwin Gonzalez will fill in at third once again.
Jul 7 - 3:48 PM

An X-ray has revealed that Luis Valbuena has a sprained left big toe.

Valbuena has been dealing with the ailment for a while and finally underwent tests. He's not in Monday's lineup and is being listed as day-to-day. Marwin Gonzalez is filling in at third base.
Jul 6 - 6:53 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted Sunday that Luis Valbuena has been bothered by an injury to the big toe on his left foot.

Valbuena has been able to play through the injury, but has apparently done so in some degree of pain. The 29-year-old has slugged 19 home runs and driven in 36 runs on the season, despite hitting .203/.286/.438.
Jul 5 - 6:06 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with RBI single Saturday against the Red Sox.

His RBI single in the ninth was the Astros' only offense of the day against Clay Buchholz. Through three months, Valbuena has had one of the strangest seasons to date. While he has 19 home runs and 36 RBI on the year, he's batting just .201 with a .281 on-base percentage. He could be pushed into a part-time role when Jed Lowrie is ready to come off the disabled list.
Jul 4 - 4:47 PM

Luis Valbuena hit his 18th and 19th homers Tuesday against the Angels.

Valbuena might be having the most bizarre season of anyone in the league, what with his .195 average and a homer total that ranks second in the AL. He has just 47 hits, a full 40 percent of which were homers. He showed nice pop last year, too, but that resulted in 16 homers in 478 at-bats with the Cubs. His 19 homers this year have come in 240 at-bats. We doubt he'll keep hitting homers at this rate, but then, we would have said that a month ago, too.
Jun 24 - 1:30 AM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's 8-5 win over the Rockies.

Valbuena had Chris Rusin's number on this day, launching a solo home run in the second inning before launching a three-run blast one inning later. He's now up to 16 home runs on the year despite a .188 batting average. In other words, 39 percent of his hits this season have been home runs. He's been a boom or bust option in fantasy leagues.
Jun 16 - 6:10 PM

Luis Valbuena connected for a three-run homer as part of an eight-run first inning against Felix Hernandez on Friday.

The Astros snapped their seven-game losing streak in grand fashion Friday and Valbuena delivered the biggest blow. He was an unlikely candidate to do it, as he was hitless in his last 19 at-bats coming into Friday's action. Valbuena has slugged 13 home runs this season, but he's hitting just .181 with a .249 on-base percentage. Look for Jed Lowrie (thumb) to take over at third base when he's ready to come off the disabled list.
Jun 13 - 12:15 AM

Luis Valbuena is absent from the Astros' lineup Monday.

It's just a day off. Marwin Gonzalez is at third base in Valbuena's place.
Jun 8 - 4:44 PM

Luis Valbuena homered and scored two runs in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

The infielder, who has homered in two straight, took Orioles starter Mike Wright deep in the third inning. He also walked and scored in the eighth inning. Valbuena has 12 home runs, sixth-most in the American League, but owns a disappointing .199/.270/.431 line overall.
Jun 2 - 11:56 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Monday's victory over the Orioles.

Valbuena tied the game up in the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez. He also scored the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning. 10 of Valbuena's 11 home runs this season have been of the solo variety. Along with 19 RBI, he's hitting .196/.260/.413.
Jun 1 - 10:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
3Max Stassi
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
2Jed Lowrie
3Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Scott Kazmir
3Scott Feldman
4Collin McHugh
5Mike Fiers
6Lance McCullers
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Vincent Velasquez
5Will Harris
6Tony Sipp
7Oliver Perez
8Samuel Deduno