Player News - Astros

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Dallas Keuchel will be pushed back from his scheduled Friday start due to fatigue.

In order to afford Keuchel an extra day's rest or two, Doug Fister will start in his place against the Rangers on Friday night. The reigning AL Cy Young winner won't be pushed out of the key series entirely, though, and is expected to start on either Saturday or Sunday.
Aug 31 - 6:52 PM

Mike Fiers yielded three runs -- one earned -- over five innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the A's.

Houston didn't take the lead until the bottom of the eighth inning, well after Fiers had exited the game. He walked two and gave up eight hits while striking out four. Fiers will carry an underwhelming 4.31 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Indians.
Aug 31 - 5:10 PM

Marwin Gonzalez left Wednesday's game against the A's due to right hamstring discomfort.

Gonzalez was dealing with a bit of a knee injury after being plunked by a pitch in mid-August, but Wednesday's hamstring issue would seem to be unrelated to the previous ailment. Hamstrings are notoriously tricky and a trip to the disabled list is in play here depending on the severity of the injury. The Astros will reevaluate him after the game.
Aug 31 - 4:31 PM

Yulieski Gurriel will start in left field for the Astros on Wednesday against the A's.

Gurriel was supposed to take over as the Astros' starting third baseman when he arrived in the major leagues earlier this month, but a hamstring injury stalled that plan and now Alex Bregman appears firmly entrenched at the hot corner. Gurriel hasn't played the outfield regularly since 2005, when he was a 21-year-old center fielder in Cuba, but left field at Houston's Minute Maid Park is relatively easy because of the short porch. He did make one start in left at Triple-A Fresno prior to his callup.
Aug 31 - 10:46 AM

Collin McHugh spun six scoreless innings as the Astros defeated the A's 3-1 on Tuesday.

Needing a strong performance to reinforce his standing in the Astros rotation, McHugh delivered by holding the A's to four hits and a walk while striking out five. The good outing lowered his ERA to 4.80 through 27 starts, and the 29-year-old is now 9-10 overall. With Lance McCullers getting the go-ahead to begin ramping up his throwing, McHugh and his fellow starters will need to keep pitching well down the stretch to guarantee their spot in the rotation. His next chance will come Monday at the Indians.
Aug 30 - 11:47 PM

Colby Rasmus homered in his first game off the disabled list Tuesday against the Athletics.

Rasmus hadn't played since August 4 after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from his right ear, but that didn't stop him from swatting his 13th homer of the year in the second inning. Despite the happy return, Rasmus was in a deep dive prior to hitting the disabled list and is batting just .212/.286/.361 in 91 games overall. With the Astros in a playoff chase and September 1 right around the corner, Rasmus will have to have more games like Tuesday if he wants to keep getting regular at-bats down the stretch.
Aug 30 - 11:42 PM

Ken Giles struck out two Athletics over a scoreless inning of work Tuesday to earn his sixth save.

Giles had been a little shaky of late, allowing runs in four of his previous seven appearances, so it was good to see him make quick work of the A's hitters. Five of his six saves have come this month, and despite the runs allowed, Giles has yet to blow a save chance in August. He's got a 3.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 81/15 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings overall this year.
Aug 30 - 11:37 PM

Evan Gattis hit his 22nd home run of the year in Tuesday's win over the A's.

Gattis hit the solo blast off A's starter Kendall Graveman in the seventh inning. It was his only hit in three at-bats. It's shaping up to be another typical year-end stat line for the 30-year-old, as his 22 homers and 55 RBI are paired with a .246/.312/.484 line in 101 games. His catcher eligibility makes it all worth it, though.
Aug 30 - 11:25 PM

Yulieski Gurriel is out of the Astros' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Athletics.

Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Monday and is batting .389/.450/.500 over his first seven major league games, but the 32-year-old Cuban may still be dealing with some hamstring tightness. Alex Bregman is at third base and Evan Gattis is at DH on Tuesday night against A's right-hander Kendall Graveman.
Aug 30 - 4:19 PM

Astros optioned RHP Brad Peacock to Triple-A Fresno.

The move clears a spot for Colby Rasmus' return from the disabled list. Peacock has made five appearances with the Astros this season and owns a 4.23 ERA over 21 starts in Triple-A. He should be back in September.
Aug 30 - 3:53 PM

Astros activated OF Colby Rasmus from the 15-day disabled list.

Rasmus required surgery earlier this month to remove a cyst from his right ear, but he's feeling better now and didn't require a minor league rehab assignment. The 30-year-old has struggled to the tune of a .211/.286/.352 batting line over 90 games this season and figures to see part-time duty for the final month of the season. He is starting in left field on Tuesday night.
Aug 30 - 3:50 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but right-hander Brad Peacock is expected to be sent to Triple-A to clear a spot on the active roster. Rasmus has been sidelined since August 4 with a cyst in his right ear which required surgery.
Aug 30 - 1:40 PM

Joe Musgrove allowed three hits over 5 1/3 innings Monday in the Astros' 6-0 shutout of the Athletics.

Musgrove was coming off a couple of rough starts, but those were against better offenses than what Oakland puts on the field. Overall, he's 2-2 with a 4.36 ERA in his six outings (five starts, one relief appearance). He's a fine bet in AL-only leagues the rest of the way, but he's a streamer in mixed leagues and this weekend's scheduled outing in Texas isn't a favorable one.
Aug 29 - 11:25 PM

Jose Altuve hit his 22nd homer of the year Monday against the Athletics.

Altuve has as many homers in 516 at-bats this year as he did in 1,298 at-bats between 2014 and 2015. Still, he's actually ice cold of late. He's gone eight straight games with one or zero hits, dropping his average all of the way down to .354.
Aug 29 - 11:23 PM

Lance McCullers (elbow) played catch from a distance of 60-90 feet.

McCullers landed on the disabled list in early August with discomfort in his right elbow, but he was able to resume throwing on Friday. He's making incremental progress, but it's unclear if there will be enough time for him to make it back this season.
Aug 29 - 6:41 PM


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