Player News - Astros

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Astros pitching prospect David Paulino is currently serving a team-imposed suspension for violating a club policy.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said that "it wasn't anything major" but didn't go into more detail. "We've got rules and every once in a while rules are violated and we have to enforce them," Luhnow said. Paulino has been awesome at Double-A Corpus Christi this season, posting a 1.86 ERA and 66/11 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. He's expected to rejoin the rotation soon.
Jun 26 - 9:56 AM

Luis Valbuena (back) went 3-for-4 with three RBI in his return to action Saturday.

Valbuena had to depart Friday's contest with lower back tightness, but he didn't have to miss any starts. He's got his batting line up to .257/.357/.442 after the recent surge he's been on.
Jun 26 - 8:16 AM

Jose Altuve's epic season rolls on as he smacked four hits, including a home run and two doubles, in Saturday's 13-5 thrashing of the Royals.

Altuve is now batting .348 with 13 home runs and a .994 OPS. Add in his 54 runs scored, 44 RBI and 18 stolen bases and you get possibly the most valuable player in fantasy baseball this year. Not bad for the smallest player in the game. He is only two homers behind his career high set last year.
Jun 25 - 11:34 PM

Mike Fiers lasted only 4 1/3 innings against the Royals on Saturday, surrendering three runs (two earned) on nine hits and having to settle for a no-decision.

The Astros had a big lead so the win was ripe for the plucking, but Fiers couldn't pitch deeply enough into the game to qualify for it. He registered only one strikeout and walked three. He has a 4.41 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He will square off versus the White Sox on Friday.
Jun 25 - 11:25 PM

Carlos Correa hit his 12th home run of the season and added an RBI double on Saturday in Kansas City.

Correa finished the day 2-for-4 with a walk. He boosted his slash line to .265/.363/.467 with the solid day at the plate. The 21-year-old second-year player hasn't quite matched the stats from his rookie season yet but his future is very bright. He has 36 runs, 42 RBI and 8 steals to go along with the 12 home runs.
Jun 25 - 11:19 PM

A.J. Reed did not get a hit in his major league debut on Saturday, but he did walk twice, score twice and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

The highly anticipated prospect went 0-for-2 but still managed to deliver solid fantasy value to his eager owners. The 23-year-old hit 34 home runs in the minors last year and had 11 homers in 59 Triple-A games so far this year.
Jun 25 - 11:13 PM

A.J. Reed will DH and bat sixth Saturday in his major league debut against the Royals.

He has an enticing matchup against light-throwing veteran Chris Young. Reed was called up to the majors after hitting .266 with 11 HR and 36 RBI in 59 games for Triple-A Fresno. He was among the top hitters in minor league baseball last season when he clobbered 34 HR in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. Reed could stay in the majors for good if he gets off to a hot start.
Jun 25 - 4:25 PM

Astros designated C Alfredo Gonzalez for assignment.

The move clears a spot for A.J. Reed on the 40-man roster. Gonzalez was batting .158/.236/.205 over 44 games in Double-A and has a decent chance to pass through waivers.
Jun 25 - 3:33 PM

Astros purchased the contract of 1B A.J. Reed from Triple-A Fresno.

The move is now official. Reed is expected to make his major league debut as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals. The 23-year-old didn't exactly put up monster numbers in Triple-A this year (.266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games), but he was riding an eight-game hitting streak and hit three homers along the way. The Astros could sit him against left-handers initially, but his power and patience makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats.
Jun 25 - 10:52 AM

George Springer blasted a grand slam as part of a three hit day, leading the Astros to a 13-4 victory over the Royals on Friday.

Springer led off the game with a triple and followed it up with the grand slam the same inning. He finished the game 3-for-5 with a walk, five RBI and two runs scored. Springer has been a near-elite fantasy force with 16 home runs, 51 runs scored, 46 RBI, six steals and a .266 batting average.
Jun 25 - 1:54 AM

Dallas Keuchel earned a win by hurling 6 1/3 innings of four-run baseball on Friday in Kansas City.

Keuchel struck out only two batters and also walked two. He gave up 11 hits, two of which escaped the yard. It was not a very encouraging outing for his bedraggled fantasy owners. The win improves his record to 4-9 with a 5.35 ERA. That is not at all what his owners paid for in drafts this Spring. His 3.44 xFIP hints at better things on the horizon.
Jun 25 - 1:48 AM

Colby Rasmus filled the box score by going 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored on Friday versus the Royals.

Rasmus played like an MVP for the first three weeks of the season but had been awful ever since. Tonight he cheered his owners up immensely. Rasmus has been very streaky throughout his career, so perhaps this game is the start of something good. He now has a .245 batting average with ten home runs, 26 runs, 39 RBI and four steals.
Jun 25 - 1:26 AM

The Astros announced that A.J. Reed will be called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.

The move was reported earlier in the evening on Friday and now the Astros have confirmed it, as Tony Kemp was sent down to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the active roster. Reed figures to see most of his at-bats at first base, but Julia Morales of ROOT Sports hears that he'll serve as the designated hitter in his major league debut on Saturday.
Jun 24 - 11:30 PM

Astros optioned INF/OF Tony Kemp to Triple-A Fresno.

A.J. Reed will take his place on the roster when he is officially called up on Saturday. Kemp batted .238/.340/.357 in 22 games during his first stint in the majors and figures to get another chance later this summer.
Jun 24 - 11:26 PM

Luis Valbuena exited Friday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

Valbuena went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before exiting in the second inning. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day.
Jun 24 - 10:02 PM


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