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Brett Oberholtzer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is set to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Fresno.
The left-hander has been on the disabled list since May 14 with a blister on his pitching hand and might be in the minors for a while because of how well prospect Lance McCullers has pitched in his absence. Oberholtzer allowed a run on five hits over three innings in his one start with the Astros. May 26 - 5:53 PM

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Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is expected to make a rehab start late this week at Triple-A Fresno.

Lance McCullers has been really good, so the Astros might ask Oberholtzer to make multiple rehab starts and then they could put him in the bullpen when he's deemed healthy. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since May 14 with a blister on his pitching hand.
May 25 - 12:52 PM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is expected to throw a live batting practice session on Sunday.

That he hasn't started his rehab assignment yet means he won't be activated on May 29 when first eligible. Lance McCullers has pitched well, so Oberholtzer might be bound for the bullpen or possibly Triple-A Fresno,
May 24 - 10:05 AM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) threw a successful bullpen session without issues on Thursday and is expected to head out on a minor league rehab assignment.

Oberholtzer is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 29. It's unclear if his return will bump Lance McCullers back down to the minor leagues, or if Oberholtzer could be used out of the bullpen.
May 21 - 7:59 PM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) will throw live batting practice after another bullpen session on Thursday.

He'll then likely be ready for a rehab assignment if all goes well. Oberholtzer is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 29 and could be ready at that time.
May 20 - 12:13 PM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

He should be cleared for a rehab assignment as soon as his blister allows. Oberholtzer spent the first six weeks of the season recovering from a blister, only to have it open back up on him during his first start with the Astros.
May 18 - 6:57 PM

Astros placed LHP Brett Oberholtzer on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his pitching hand.

Oberholtzer spent the first six weeks of the 2015 regular season recovering from a blister that he developed during spring training, and he opened it back up three innings into his debut Wednesday against the Giants. He'll miss at least another two turns. Houston is expected to promote right-hander Jake Buchanan from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.
May 14 - 9:16 AM

Brett Oberholtzer left Wednesday's start against the Giants with a blister on his pitching hand.

Oberholtzer allowed one run on five hits over three innings of work before leaving. He was replaced by Samuel Deduno in the fourth. Oberholtzer was just activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing the first month-plus with the blister issue. It's unclear how long he might be sidelined this time.
May 13 - 9:09 PM

Astros activated LHP Brett Oberholtzer from the 15-day disabled list.

Oberholtzer will make his season debut on Wednesday versus the Giants. He had been expected to open the season as the Astros third starter before the blister issue popped up late in spring training.
May 12 - 11:13 PM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) will rejoin the Astros rotation on Wednesday.

There had been speculation that he'd return from the disabled list on Tuesday, but the Astros will go with Collin McHugh on regular rest then and bring Oberholtzer back the following day. He had been expected to open the season as the Astros third starter before the blister issue popped up late in spring training.
May 8 - 8:17 PM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) could rejoin the Astros' rotation on Tuesday versus the Giants.

Oberholtzer struck out nine over 5 1⁄3 scoreless innings on Wednesday in his last rehab start with Triple-A Fresno. Manager A.J. Hinch would only say Thursday that the lefty was "an option" for Tuesday, but he's fully expected to rejoin the rotation and bump Samuel Deduno back to the bullpen. Oberholtzer had been slated to open the season as the club's No. 3 starter before going down with a blister issue late in spring training.
May 8 - 10:08 AM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.

He's shooting for four innings and/or 60 pitches. Oberholtzer figures to need at least a couple more outings after that to build up his pitch count before rejoining the Astros' rotation.
Apr 29 - 3:22 PM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) could begin a rehab assignment this week.

He'll either be assigned to a minor league affiliate or appear in another extended spring training game. The left-hander tossed three innings in extended spring on Saturday. Oberholtzer needs to be stretched out a bit, but his blister is healed and he's tracking toward an early- to mid-May return to the Astros' rotation.
Apr 26 - 10:06 AM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) will throw live batting practice on Monday.

Oberholtzer hasn't thrown BP since getting a blister last month. If Monday goes well, the next step will be a short rehab assignment. Oberholtzer didn't set the world on fire last season (5-13, 4.39 ERA in 24 starts) but he was good enough to hold down a spot in the rotation. Veteran Roberto Hernandez could be the odd man out when Oberholtzer returns to the bigs.
Apr 18 - 4:33 PM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) played catch Monday without a bandage.

It's the first time he's done so since a blister on his pitching hand forced him to the disabled list. It's not clear when Oberholtzer might be ready for a rehab assignment, but it should be soon and he doesn't figure to need more than a start or two. It's possible he could rejoin the Astros' rotation before the end of the month.
Apr 13 - 5:21 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
CF1Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Roberto Hernandez
5Lance McCullers
6Brett Oberholtzer
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Joe Thatcher
8Jake Buchanan
9Samuel Deduno