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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman | #18

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Astros and INF Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.125 million contract.
It's a nice raise for Valbuena in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The veteran infielder earned the raise after slugging 25 homers for the Astros last season, although he hit just .224/.310/.438 overall. Jan 15 - 10:26 AM

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Luis Valbuena had surgery this offseason to remove a bunion on his left foot.

He'll be fine for the start of spring training. Valbuena hit .224/.310/.438 with 25 homers for the Astros this past season.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:25:00 PM

Luis Valbuena clubbed a two-run homer in the Astros' Game 5 loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

His second-inning blast off Johnny Cueto was the only offense of the night for Houston. In fact, the Astros were held hitless by Cueto and Wade Davis after the home run.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 11:01:00 PM

Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup for the Astros on Saturday.

Valbuena accounted for all of the Astros' offense with a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Rangers, but he'll take a seat on the bench with left-hander Derek Holland toeing the slab on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Luis Valbuena launched a two-run homer Friday against the Rangers.

His fourth-inning blast against Yovani Gallardo was the only offense of the game for the fading Astros. Valbuena has amassed 23 home runs this season, but he's done so despite hitting .212 with a .300 on-base percentage.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 12:45:00 AM

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.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 12:51:00 AM

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.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 11:31:00 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.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 08:10:00 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.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 03:54:00 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.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 05:00:00 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.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 03:48:00 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.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 06:53:00 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.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 06:06:00 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.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 04:47:00 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.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 01:30:00 AM

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