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Astros purchased the contract of RHP Michael Foltynewicz from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ranked prior to the season by Baseball America as the team's No. 4 prospect, Foltynewicz holds a 5.08 ERA but has struck out a batter per inning at Oklahoma City this season. While he will compete for a rotation spot next spring, Foltynewicz will be used as a reliever for the final two months as a means to keep his innings down.
Aug 1 - 12:54 PM

Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros will call up pitching prospect Michael Foltynewicz from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday.

Ortiz says the Astros plan to use Foltynewicz as a reliever. Eighteen of the 22-year-old's 21 appearances at Oklahoma City this season have been as a starter, but many scouts ultimately see Foltynewicz as a reliever over the long haul. Ranked prior to the season by Baseball America as the team's No. 4 prospect, Foltynewicz holds a 5.08 ERA but has struck out a batter per inning at Triple-A. His fastball can reach triple digits.
Aug 1 - 11:55 AM

Brad Peacock will rejoin the Astros' rotation following the trade of Jarred Cosart.

Peacock holds a 4.93 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP over 87 2/3 innings this season and allowed seven runs across 3 2/3 frames in his last start. It's not clear when his next start will be, but he can safely be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Aug 1 - 10:26 AM

Chris Carter went 1-for-5 at the plate Thursday in his return to action.

Carter had to be scratched from Wednesday's game due to a stomach bug, but he's fine now. The 27-year-old slugged eight homers in the month of July.
Aug 1 - 3:52 AM

Jake Buchanan allowed three runs -- including two on a pair of solo home runs -- in five innings but got a no-decision in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Buchanan was making his first start since June 21, having served several times out of the bullpen in the time since. He was starting in place of Jarred Cosart, who was traded to the Marlins prior to Thursday's 4 PM ET deadline. The right-hander yielded five hits, walked none, and struck out three. Brad Peacock, not Buchanan, will likely take Cosart's rotation spot long-term, however. In the off-chance the Astros have Buchanan make another start, he'll be on schedule to face the Phillies on the road on Wednesday.
Jul 31 - 11:10 PM

Astros acquired RHP Francis Martes from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal.

Martes, 18, is a lottery ticket for the Astros. The righty holds a 3.74 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 79 1/3 innings in rookie ball and is obviously a long ways away from the majors.
Jul 31 - 5:03 PM

Astros acquired 3B Colin Moran from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal.

The Astros nearly took Moran with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and now they end up getting him barely over a year later. Moran has hit .295/.346/.408 with just nine homers over his first 131 professional games, but Houston obviously thinks he could become a productive regular at third base in time.
Jul 31 - 4:59 PM

Astros acquired OF Jake Marisnick, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Frances Martes and a 2015 compensation pick from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Jarred Cosart, INF Enrique Hernandez and OF Austin Wates.

Marisnick had been at Triple-A but will report to the Astros' big league club. The 23-year-old has hit just .178/.226/.223 over his first 54 big league games, but he has power and speed upside and should be a fixture in the Astros' outfield for years.
Jul 31 - 4:56 PM

The Astros are telling other teams that Chad Qualls isn't available, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

If you're confused as to why Houston, miles outside of contention, is making a 35-year-old closer unavailable, we're with you. Qualls would have been a nice rental for a playoff hopeful. He is 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances, and is set to make a reasonable $3 million next year.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 11:06 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros have taken Dallas Keuchel off the trade market.

Keuchel threw his fourth complete game of the season on Wednesday against the A's, allowing only four hits and one run over nine innings. The 26-year-old left-hander owns an impressive 2.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 104/33 K/BB ratio through 136 1/3 total frames this season. There was no good reason for Houston to trade him.
Jul 31 - 11:00 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Astros have made starting pitcher Scott Feldman available.

But the 30-year-old right-hander signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Houston last offseason and hasn't pitched well enough to justify it, so the Astros may have a hard time finding a trade partner. Feldman owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 19 starts this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 9:30 AM

Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday in his Double-A debut.

Appel was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi this week despite posting a hideous 9.74 ERA in 44 1/3 innings at High-A Lancaster. And it was clearly the right move. The 23-year-old right-hander walked four in his debut but also struck out four and gave up only two hits. He is likely to finish out the 2014 season at the Double-A level but could move to Triple-A at the start of 2015. Appel was the first overall pick (out of Stanford) in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
Jul 31 - 8:25 AM

Dallas Keuchel tossed his fourth complete game of the season in Wednesday's 8-1 rout of the A's.

Keuchel was fantastic, allowing only four hits (and one run) over his nine frames. The only run that Oakland scored was on a Josh Donaldson solo homer in the top of the second inning. Keuchel struck out five and now boasts a 2.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 104/33 K/BB ratio through 136 1/3 innings this season. The Orioles have expressed interest in acquiring him before Thursday's July 31 trade deadline, but Houston seems likely to keep the blossoming 26-year-old southpaw.
Jul 30 - 5:07 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Astros are looking to trade Chris Carter.

Carter has 21 home runs in 93 games this season but is also sporting a weak .212 batting average and .291 on-base percentage. The 27-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time heading into 2015 and is under contractual control through 2018, so Houston will want something fairly significant in return.
Jul 30 - 4:11 PM

Josh Zeid will undergo season-ending surgery to repair bilateral sesamoiditis in his left foot.

Zeid, 27, put up a 6.97 ERA over 23 relief appearances with the big club this season. He should be fine by the time spring training rolls around.
Jul 30 - 1:41 PM


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