Player News - Astros

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Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

The Astros got plenty of hits but couldn't manage to put any runs on the scoreboard all night. Altuve can't be stopped however. He has his batting average up to .365 to lead the majors in that category. He already owns two American League batting titles and is well on his way to a third as he has a nearly 40 point lead on the second-place Jean Segura (.327). His career high batting average prior to this year was .341 in 2014.
Jul 26 - 11:46 PM

Mike Fiers took a loss to the Phillies after giving up three runs in four innings on Wednesday.

It took him 102 pitches to get through four innings. He struck out seven batters but gave up five hits, three walks and drilled two batters with pitches. The key blow was a two-run homer by catcher Cameron Rupp in the fourth inning. Fiers falls to 7-5 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
Jul 26 - 11:38 PM

Will Harris (shoulder) struck out two over a clean inning of work in a minor league rehab game with High-A Buies Creek on Wednesday.

Harris threw 15 pitches during his appearance. He could potentially rejoin the Astros' bullpen for this weekend's series against the Tigers. Right shoulder inflammation has kept him out of the fray since July 15.
Jul 26 - 7:44 PM

Dallas Keuchel (neck) will start against the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.

A neck injury has kept Keuchel out of action since early June. He went through his minor league rehab assignment without issue and is now set to rejoin the rotation. Prior to his injury concern, Keuchel had been pitching to a 1.67 ERA in 11 starts. Filling out the rest of the weekend rotation, Collin McHugh will take the ball on Saturday and Lance McCullers will go on Sunday.
Jul 26 - 5:09 PM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

Bregman was lifted from action on Tuesday due to discomfort in his right hamstring. He is being listed as day-to-day. Yulieski Gurriel will play third in his place on Wednesday and is hitting fourth.
Jul 26 - 4:08 PM

George Springer (quad) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

Springer came down with minor discomfort in his left quad on Monday. He sat on Tuesday and will sit again on Wednesday as the Astros look to give him a little recovery space. Derek Fisher is manning center in his place and hitting second, while Jose Altuve is batting in Springer's typical leadoff spot.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: The Astros are the top offense in baseball against right-handed pitching, but this isn't a night where stacking them up seems viable. Not only are they missing a few of their most potent bats, but they'll lose the DH in an NL park against one of the hottest pitchers in the league. Aaron Nola has racked up a 27.4 K% at home with a 50.4 GB% and 23.2 soft%, and his dominance against right-handed bats bodes well for his chances of setting down Altuve and Gurriel.
Jul 26 - 4:05 PM

Charlie Morton notched nine strikeouts across seven scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 5-0 victory over the Phillies.

The Phils managed just three base knocks off of the right-hander, and Morton walked only one batter to go along with his nine punchouts. It’s the third time this season that he’s gone seven innings and the fourth time that Morton has recorded at least nine strikeouts. Morton has pitched quite well, but his rotation spot could be vulnerable with Dallas Keuchel (neck) due back this weekend.
Jul 25 - 10:16 PM

Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Gonzalez had a pair of singles on the night, with one of them plating a run in the Astros' four-run sixth inning. He also stole his fifth base of the season. Gonzalez will be the team's primary shortstop while Carlos Correa (thumb) is on the shelf.
Jul 25 - 10:15 PM

Derek Fisher reached base twice and drove in a couple runs in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

Fisher singled in a pair of runs in the sixth inning and was then caught stealing to end the inning. He then walked in his final appearance of the night. Astros manager A.J. Hinch was vague Tuesday when asked how long Fisher might be up in the majors, but you'd have to think he has a shot to stay around if he performs.
Jul 25 - 10:11 PM

Astros sent LHP Ashur Tolliver outright to Triple-A Fresno.

This move pushes him off the 40-man roster. Tolliver, 29, holds a 4.66 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 9 2/3 career innings at the major league level.
Jul 25 - 8:17 PM

Alex Bregman was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Phillies with discomfort in his right hamstring.

Bregman tripled and scored in the top of the third inning before getting lifted. The young third baseman entered play Tuesday with a red-hot .356/.457/.627 batting line in 70 plate appearances since July 4. He's listed as day-to-day for the time being.
Jul 25 - 8:11 PM

Astros prospect Kyle Tucker has been activated from the disabled list at Double-A Corpus Christi.

Tucker missed just one week of action with a back injury. The 20-year-old outfielder has batted .294/.371/.551 with 17 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 84 games this season between High-A and Double-A ball. He was the fifth overall pick in 2015 out of a Tampa high school.
Jul 25 - 5:20 PM

George Springer (quad) is out of the Astros' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Springer left Monday's series opener against the Phillies after experiencing some minor discomfort in his left quad. He's considered day-to-day. Derek Fisher will start in center field and bat sixth Tuesday versus Philadelphia right-hander Nick Pivetta.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Despite Springer's absence, the Astros are still a great team target against Nick Pivetta, who has struggled mightily with right-handed bats so far this year. Pivetta is currently allowing a 45.1 Hard% - not to mention a 30.7 Hd-Sft% - on top of a 3.53 HR/9 mark, so the ceiling is huge for the Houston right-handed bats. Altuve, Gurriel and Gattis are a fine mini-stack.
Jul 25 - 4:04 PM

Brian McCann hit his 13th homer of the season on Monday night against the Phillies.

It was a solo shot in the top of the second inning, and Alex Bregman followed McCann with a solo shot of his own as the first-place Astros rolled to a big 13-4 victory. McCann, 33, is sporting his best OPS (.778) since 2013, his final year with the Braves and the Astros are 66-33.
Jul 25 - 1:09 AM

George Springer (quad) is expected to avoid the disabled list.

It sounds like the left quad discomfort that forced Springer from Monday's game might have been a cramp more than anything else. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Springer is considered day-to-day.
Jul 25 - 1:03 AM


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