Player News - Astros

Date: Team: Pos:

Carlos Gomez (ribs) will not do any baseball activities on Sunday.

Gomez is sitting out a second straight game with soreness in his left rib cage, and injury that occurred when he dove for a ball in Friday's game. He will attempt to resume baseball activities on Monday, although it's unclear whether he could return to the lineup that night.
May 1 - 3:02 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he plans to "ease the burden of the 8th inning" off Ken Giles.

Oh how the mighty have fallen. The Astros sold the farm for Giles this offseason, expecting him to be their star closer. Not only did Giles lose the ninth-inning gig to Luke Gregerson, but now it looks like Hinch is going to give the setup role to someone else. "I'm out of whack," said Giles. "I'm not me right now." Will Harris and Pat Neshek could see more high-leverage chances while Giles works through his struggles.
Apr 30 - 9:07 PM

Tyler White's slump continued Saturday, finishing 0-for-3 in a loss to the Athletics.

White came out of the gate like gangbusters, but his ridiculous start has helped mask the fact that he hasn't done much since the second week of the season. In his last 13 games, White is 5-for-47 (.106) with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored with 14 strikeouts. The Cinderella story appears to have come to an unceremonious end.
Apr 30 - 6:50 PM

Chris Devenski allowed two runs over five innings in a loss to the A's on Saturday.

Making a spot start, the right-hander gave up five hits and three walks while striking out four. He had been stellar coming out of the Astros' pen prior to Saturday's start, owning a 0.66 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 12/1 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 relief innings. He'll return to being a crack member of the Astros bullpen.
Apr 30 - 6:39 PM

Carlos Gomez is dealing with soreness in his left rib cage and is expected to miss a few games.

X-rays have already ruled out a fracture, but he's sore enough that he isn't able to give it a full go. Gomez sustained the injury diving for a ball in the outfield during the ninth inning on Friday.
Apr 30 - 2:20 PM

Carlos Gomez is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

Gomez returned to action on Friday after missing a game after he was drilled in the wrist by a pitch during Wednesday's contest. It's unclear if his absence on Saturday is due to the wrist or simply because he's hitting .213/.241/.275 on the year. Preston Tucker is starting in left field with Colby Rasmus manning center field defensively.
Apr 30 - 1:36 PM

Mike Fiers pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday against the Athletics.

Fiers has pitched quite well his last two times out, lowering his ERA from 6.48 to 4.97. It should be good enough to help him stay in the rotation following Lance McCullers' return from the DL.
Apr 30 - 1:39 AM

Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 and popped his first homer of the year Friday against the A's.

Gattis needs to get it going if he wants to play against righties, and this is a nice first step for him, though the homer came off a lefty. Gattis is hitting .256 with four doubles and a 15/1 K/BB ratio in 43 at-bats since coming off the DL.
Apr 30 - 1:38 AM

Carlos Gomez (wrist) expects to return to the Astros' starting lineup on Friday.

Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his right wrist, but X-rays turned up negative. This might be a good excuse to get the ultra-active 30-year-old center fielder some physical and mental rest. He's batting just .197/.228/.250 through 21 games this season. Preston Tucker entered to play left field on Wednesday with Colby Rasmus shifting to center.
Apr 28 - 8:20 AM

Jose Altuve homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday as the Astros topped the Mariners 7-4.

Altuve has been a fantasy dynamo with his .330 average, six homers, 20 runs, 13 RBI and nine steals in 22 games in what amounts to one-seventh of a season. He has more homers this year than he did in 626 at-bats in 2013. Even in 2014, he had just seven homers in 660 at-bats.
Apr 28 - 3:11 AM

X-rays turned up negative on Carlos Gomez's right wrist.

Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his wrist, but he only suffered a bruise. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 28 - 12:24 AM

Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist.

Gomez was plunked by Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma to lead off the top of the fourth inning. He was subsequently replaced by pinch-runner Preston Tucker. The Astros should issue an update as to Gomez's status on Thursday.
Apr 27 - 11:35 PM

Jose Altuve went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

The Astros offense was nowhere to be found on Tuesday, with the team logging just three hits total against Nathan Karns and company. In addition to his two walks, Altuve also struck out once. The diminutive second baseman has done everything in his power to try to spark the team's winning ways from 2015 and is hitting .313/.412/.602 with five homers, 11 RBI and nine steals over 85 at-bats. Despite all of that happiness, the Astros sit at just 6-15.
Apr 27 - 2:34 AM

Dallas Keuchel failed to rev in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering five runs on six hits over six innings.

Keuchel punched out five and walked two on the evening. He kept the Mariners off the scoreboard until the fourth inning, when Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single. That would have been survivable. A four-run fifth by the M's, less survivable. With the loss, Keuchel falls to 2-3. He has allowed 11 runs in his last 12 innings and will try to right the ship in a home start against the Twins in his next outing.
Apr 27 - 2:27 AM

Lance McCullers (shoulder) will pitch in an extended spring training game on Wednesday.

McCullers has been battling shoulder discomfort since mid-March and had to halt a rehab assignment two weeks ago after one three-inning outing at Double-A Corpus Christi. He'll probably make two or three appearances at extended spring training before trying to return to the minor league ranks. He won't be an option for the Astros' rotation until mid-to-late May.
Apr 26 - 8:57 PM


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