Player News - Astros

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Astros designated INF Danny Worth for assignment.

He's clearing space for the arrival of Alex Bregman, who will be promoted Monday. Worth hit just .179/.200/.231 with the big club.
Jul 24 - 5:35 PM

The Astros announced that they will call up top prospect Alex Bregman prior to Monday's game versus the Yankees.

Finally, after weeks (months, really) of speculation, Bregman is set to make his major league debut. Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted that he's not sure yet where Bregman will play but the former first-rounder has seen time at shortstop, third base and left field in the minors this season. Rest assured, he'll play regularly wherever it may be. Bregman has batted .306/.406/.580 with 20 homers and seven steals between Double- and Triple-A this season and needs to be picked up in any fantasy leagues where he's still available.
Jul 24 - 5:31 PM

Jose Altuve went yard twice Sunday as the Astros routed the Angels 13-3 at Minute Maid Park.

Altuve slugged both of his homers off Angels starter Tim Lincecum, who left the game after recording only four outs. Lincecum gave up a total of eight runs on two walks and seven hits. Altuve also added an RBI single in the fifth, finishing the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and six RBI. The second baseman is slashing .360/.428/.575 with 17 homers, 60 RBI, and 75 runs scored in 98 games this season.
Jul 24 - 5:27 PM

Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four runs as the Astros beat the Angels 7-2 on Saturday.

Gattis terrorized Angels starter Jered Weaver, blasting a three-run shot in the second inning before tacking on a solo dinger in the fourth. The homers were his 14th and 15th of the year, giving him 40 RBI. That power has kept him fantasy relevant, but El Oso Blanco is hitting just .224/.289/.451 on the year.
Jul 23 - 10:36 PM

George Springer went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Angels on Saturday.

Springer did his part from atop the lineup, reaching in four of his five plate appearances. He scored a run in the third inning before contributing an RBI single in the fourth. The dynamic outfielder is hitting .260/.356/.476 with 21 homers, 57 RBI, 69 runs scored and six steals on the season.
Jul 23 - 10:30 PM

Carlos Correa went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Correa hit a solo shot, his 15th homer of the year, off reliever Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth inning. After a stellar June, the homer was just Correa's second this month, a month in which he's batting .257. The talented 21-year-old is hitting .266/.363/.470 with 63 RBI, 50 runs scored and 10 stolen bases overall.
Jul 23 - 10:27 PM

Collin McHugh held the Angels to two runs over six innings in a win Saturday.

McHugh gave up six hits, including a solo home run, without walking a batter. The right-hander also struck out six, giving him 110 strikeouts in 114 innings of work this year. McHugh got off to a shaky start but has been terrific since mid-June, having registered quality starts in six of his seven outings to lower his ERA to 4.18. The 29-year-old will look to stay on a roll Friday against the Tigers.
Jul 23 - 10:20 PM

Lance McCullers struck out 10 batters over eight-plus innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Angels on Friday.

It was his longest outing of the season. McCullers gave up four hits and walked four while striking out Mike Trout three times. The young right-hander struck out the side in the eighth inning, so he entered the ninth inning with a chance to go the distance, but he was pulled after walking the first two batters he faced. Still, it was a fantastic outing. His 10 strikeouts tied a season-high. McCullers has a 3.33 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings through 12 starts this season, but walks (42) have been a big issue for him. He has now walked four batters in three straight starts.
Jul 23 - 12:19 AM

Will Harris converted his 10th save of the season against the Angels on Friday.

Harris got the call after Lance McCullers walked back-to-back batters to begin the ninth inning. He retired the first two batters he faced before Andrelton Simmons brought the Angels within one run with an RBI single. However, Harris hung on by getting Ji-Man Choi to strike out swinging to end it. Harris has had some rocky outings recently, including his first blown save of the season on Tuesday. Fantasy owners should continue to watch Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson just in case.
Jul 23 - 12:18 AM

Preston Tucker went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored Friday against the Angels.

Tucker replaced A.J. Reed on the active roster Friday after batting .301/.349/.512 with eight home runs over 53 games with Triple-A Fresno. The 26-year-old offers power against right-handers and should see part-time at-bats out of the DH spot in the short-term. Things are going to get complicated once Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel are deemed ready for the majors.
Jul 23 - 12:13 AM

Evan Gattis (hand) is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

Gattis left Wednesday's game against the A's due to a right hand contusion and it's still swollen. He'll take some swings and could be available off the bench Friday. Jason Castro is at catcher and Preston Tucker is in the designated hitter spot.
Jul 22 - 4:32 PM

Astros recalled OF Preston Tucker from Triple-A Fresno.

Tucker hit only .176/.213/.353 earlier this season with the big club but earned another shot by batting .301/.349/.512 with eight homers over 53 games at Fresno. He should see a decent amount of playing time in the designated hitter spot against righties.
Jul 22 - 9:08 AM

Astros optioned 1B A.J. Reed to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Reed's first stint in the majors didn't go well, as he went 7-for-45 with 19 strikeouts. His long-term future remains bright, but for now he'll be given more time to work on things in the minors.
Jul 22 - 8:40 AM

Alex Bregman will start in left field for the second straight Thursday with Triple-A Fresno.

Bregman made his first ever start in left field on Wednesday, as the Astros look ahead to where he could fit in the majors. Of course, the club just signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel, who figures to play third base once he's ready for the majors. With the way he's hitting, Bregman figures to make it to the majors first, but the added versatility will help his chances of getting regular at-bats down the stretch.
Jul 21 - 5:23 PM

Astros SS/3B prospect Alex Bregman smashed three hits while starting in left field Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

The 22-year-old has produced at least two hits in each of his last three games. Playing left field, a position Bregman had never played until Wednesday, is an interesting wrinkle in his development. Bregman is a shortstop by trade but has recently focused on third base because it's his clearest path to the major leagues. Now that Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel has been added to the mix, it might not be a bad idea for Bregman to get comfortable playing the outfield as well. The new top prospect in baseball should make his big league debut later this year.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 21 - 11:23 AM


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