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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman | #18

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 217
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Luis Valbuena underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair his right hamstring tendon.
Valbuena was first injured in late July and had a bad setback while on a rehab assignment, necessitating the need for surgery. The impending free agent is expected to be fine for spring training. Aug 26 - 11:05 AM

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Luis Valbuena will undergo season-ending surgery on his strained right hamstring on Thursday.

Valbuena came down the hamstring strain back in late July and then suffered a setback last week while running. Alex Bregman has since taken over as the Astros' primary third baseman, with Yulieski Gurriel recently working into the mix. Valbuena finishes the 2016 season with a .260/.357/.459 batting line, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI in 90 games. He will be a free agent this winter at age 31.
Aug 23 - 4:53 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that surgery hasn't been ruled out for Luis Valbuena's right hamstring injury.

Valbuena landed on the disabled list at the end of July with a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback while running on Friday. He's scheduled to see a doctor on Wednesday to decide the next step. "There's a possibility that there will be some surgical solution to his problem, which will definitely take him out from coming back this year," said Luhnow. "But we'll wait until the doctors assess what's going on."
Aug 22 - 6:56 PM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback while running on Friday.

He's headed back to Houston, where he'll be looked at by team doctors. Valbuena was getting close to a rehab assignment but now that's on hold. Now that Alex Bregman has arrived in the major leagues and is manning third base, Valbuena won't have to rush his recovery.
Aug 20 - 9:51 PM

The Astros hope Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

Valbuena ran on Tuesday and Wednesday and has also resumed other baseball activities. "Obviously the next few days are going to tell us a little bit more about the realistic side of it," manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday. "We'd like to push him the most we can without jeopardizing the rehab he's already done, so the running intensity is going to increase (and) the groundball intensity will increase. The batting practice is fine - he feels nothing in batting practice. So we're in this area where the harder we push him, the more vulnerable he can become, but it's time that we need to push him a little bit and see if a rehab assignment is possible maybe while we're in Pittsburgh."
Aug 19 - 10:13 AM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) ran outside and resumed hitting on Tuesday afternoon.

"He had a good day," Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters after the workout. Valbuena has been on the disabled list since July 29, retroactive to July 27, with a right hamstring strain. He could be ready in about 10 days if all continues to go smoothly.
Aug 9 - 6:15 PM

Luis Valbuena will test out his ailing right hamstring with some running on Saturday.

Valbuena has missed the last week and a half with a tweaked hammy but said Thursday that he "feels much better." It's unclear whether he'll need a rehab assignment before returning.
Aug 5 - 10:44 AM

Astros placed INF Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 27, with a right hamstring strain.

The Astros had said that Valbuena might be ready to play at some point over the weekend, but they've decided to play it safe and hold him out for at least a couple weeks. Alex Bregman will handle third base.
Jul 29 - 3:04 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is not likely for Friday's game against the Tigers.

This echoes what Hinch was saying prior to Wednesday's game with the Yankees. The Astros have a scheduled day off on Thursday. Valbuena actually might have been sat on Friday even if he was healthy, as the Tigers will be tossing out left-hander Matt Boyd and Valbuena is slugging just .400 against southpaws (as compared to .479 vs right-handed pitchers). Hinch has not ruled out playing Valbuena in one or both of the final two games of the weekend series.
Jul 27 - 11:52 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena's hamstring injury is "something that's going to take a couple days [to recover from]."

Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain while running down the first base line in the second inning of Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. The Astros have an off day on Thursday. Beyond that, Hinch said that because the Tigers will start southpaw Matt Boyd on Friday, the Astros might sit him until Saturday. Valbuena shouldn't be considered in the clear quite yet, but with the way the team is talking, he might just be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Hamstrings, of course, are notoriously balky.
Jul 27 - 8:14 PM

Luis Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

Valbuena pulled up lame while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. Houston is calling him day-to-day, but a 15-day disabled list stint seems possible. That would open more playing time at third base for top prospect Alex Bregman, who served as the Astros' designated hitter on Tuesday after starting at the hot corner in his MLB debut on Monday.
Jul 26 - 9:27 PM

Luis Valbuena left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with a right leg injury.

Valbuena fell while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. He looked to be in a good amount of pain as he limped to the home dugout at Minute Maid Park. Valbuena was starting at third base in this one, with top prospect Alex Bregman serving as the Astros' DH. Marwin Gonzalez moved to the hot corner and Jason Castro took over at first base.
Jul 26 - 8:53 PM

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-3 with a walk Monday in the loss to the Yankees.

Valbuena reached base safely four times in four plate appearances. The rest of the Astros did so four times in 31 plate appearances in the 2-1 loss. That's why Valbuena won't be losing his starting job to Alex Bergman or Yuleski Gurriel this month. He'll sit against a lot of lefties, but he'll be in there at first base or DH against righties.
Jul 25 - 11:11 PM

Luis Valbuena turned a ninth-inning two-run deficit into a 10-9 Astros victory with a three-run walk-off homer against the Athletics on Friday.

Valbuena went 3-for-5 with four RBI and scored twice. His heroics boosted his line to .265/.364/.478 for the year, which adds up to a nice .842 OPS. Those are pretty good rate stats. His counting stats have not been as impressive. He has 12 home runs but only 35 runs, 36 RBI and zero steals.
Jul 9 - 12:45 AM

Luis Valbuena (back) went 3-for-4 with three RBI in his return to action Saturday.

Valbuena had to depart Friday's contest with lower back tightness, but he didn't have to miss any starts. He's got his batting line up to .257/.357/.442 after the recent surge he's been on.
Jun 26 - 8:16 AM

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