Player News - Astros

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Joe Musgrove was excellent on Sunday afternoon in Houston, allowing just one run over seven innings in the Astros' 4-1 victory over the Angels.

The one run he gave up came on an RBI single up the middle by Rafael Ortega in the top of the fourth inning. Musgrove struck out four, didn't walk a batter, and scattered seven hits. The rookie right-hander now holds a 4.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 62 innings this year. He'll finish the regular season with a road start against this same Angels squad.
Sep 25 - 4:48 PM

Ken Giles earned his 14th save of the year Sunday in the Astros' victory over the Angels.

Giles was hit on the wrist by a batting practice ball on Saturday but escaped without any major injuries. He walked one and struck out two in a hitless ninth inning Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
Sep 25 - 4:42 PM

Brad Peacock held the Angels to one run in five innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out seven batters on Saturday but had to settle for a no-decision.

His bullpen got hammered to blow the game in the late innings. The only hit he allowed was an RBI double to Albert Pujols with Mike Trout aboard. He pitched very well but was removed after only 69 pitches. This was just his fifth start and the Astros didn't want to push him too hard. He owns a great 2.67 ERA after 27 innings. He has yet to earn a win or a loss this year.
Sep 24 - 11:17 PM

George Springer went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

He stroked an RBI triple in the seventh inning and was then driven in by Yulieski Gurriel. Springer has a solid .255/.357/.453 slash line with 28 home runs and 79 RBI. His 112 runs scored rank 5th in the majors. He has contributed nine stolen bases as well. He leads the majors with 715 plate appearances.
Sep 24 - 10:55 PM

X-rays on Ken Giles' injured right wrist came back negative.

Well that's a relief. Giles went down with a scary wrist injury after getting smoked by a line drive in batting practice but it looks like he's going to be okay. The Astros are calling his injury a "right wrist contusion." It's safe to assume Giles won't be available against Oakland on Saturday (he probably wouldn't have been anyway after blowing a two-run lead the night before) but he shouldn't miss much time. Consider him day-to-day.
Sep 24 - 7:07 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) remains unavailable.

Rasmus had a cyst removed from his ear last month, which has led to dizziness and other vertigo-like symptoms. He's had a miserable second half, hitting .095 with 30 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. Jake Marisnick, Tony Kemp and Marwin Gonzalez have all seen time in left field during his absence.
Sep 24 - 6:57 PM

Ken Giles was carted off after taking a line drive off his right wrist during Saturday's batting practice.

Giles was warming up in the outfield when a ball struck his wrist. He went down immediately and seemed to be in a great deal of pain. Beat writers described it as a "scary scene." Giles is obviously headed for X-rays and manager A.J. Hinch did not seem optimistic about his status. This comes less than 24 hours after Giles blew a two-run lead in an ugly loss to Oakland. Luke Gregerson will likely handle closer duties during his absence.
Sep 24 - 5:29 PM

Carlos Correa (shoulder) returned to the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

Correa exited Friday's game after re-injuring his shoulder, but it's going to take a lot to keep him out of the Astros lineup at this point of the season. He's hitting in his customary cleanup spot against Jhoulys Chacin and the Angels on Saturday.
Sep 24 - 3:41 PM

Carlos Correa was removed from Friday's game against the Angels after re-injuring his shoulder on a diving attempt defensively.

Correa ranged back and attempted to make a diving grab in the outfield on a bloop double off the bat of Rafael Ortega in the ninth inning. Correa has been battling a shoulder injury for the past several weeks and appeared to aggravate it during the play. The Astros are expected to update his status on Saturday.
Sep 24 - 8:37 AM

Ken Giles blew a save in epic fashion Friday against the Angels, giving up six runs on three hits and three walks.

Now that’s a meltdown. Giles gave up a leadoff single to Cliff Pennington before serving up a game-tying homer to Yunel Escobar. Things only got worse from there, as Mike Trout drew a walk with one out and eventually stole second base. The Astros elected to intentionally walk Albert Pujols after that, but C.J. Cron responded with an RBI single. Giles then uncorked a wild pitch and walked Andrelton Simmons to load the bases before being pulled. All three runs eventually came around to score. Giles’ ERA jumped from 3.47 to 4.31 with the nightmare performance. Not the best timing for fantasy owners.
Sep 24 - 12:08 AM

Doug Fister gave up two runs over five innings a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

Both runs scored in the second inning. Fister managed to finish five innings for just the third time in his last eight starts. The control has gotten worse and he has an ugly 7.36 ERA over his last nine starts, so there’s little fantasy appeal here.
Sep 24 - 12:07 AM

Colby Rasmus (ear) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

Rasmus has been experiencing vertigo-like symptoms again and has been unavailable for a few days. Tony Kemp is in left field Friday.
Sep 23 - 4:31 PM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) did some running on a treadmill Thursday.

It was at a very low intensity, but it was the first time he's done any running since suffering a right hamstring strain on September 14. Bregman said Thursday that he's "hoping to come back sooner rather than later and trying to do anything I can to help contribute," but the reality is that the Astros would probably have to make a deep playoff run for him to have a chance to return.
Sep 23 - 10:24 AM

Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with three singles in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Altuve was the only Astros batter to notch multiple hits on the evening. This was the diminutive second baseman's 11th game with at least three hits. He has been nothing short of magical this season and is slashing .341/.399/.542 with 24 homers, five triples, 94 RBI and 27 steals over 605 at-bats.
Sep 22 - 11:21 PM

Mike Fiers took the tough-luck loss in Thursday's game against the Angels, striking out nine while allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

The nine strikeouts were a season-best for Fiers, who scattered four hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work. One of those four hits went for a two-run home run courtesy of Albert Pujols in the first inning. Fiers' final outing of the season is currently scheduled to come at home against the Mariners. He will carry a 4.40 ERA and 1.35 WHIP (163 2/3 innings) into that outing.
Sep 22 - 11:15 PM


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