Player News - Astros

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George Springer homered, doubled twice, walked and scored three times as the Astros beat the A's 11-8 on Wednesday.

Springer should have been an All-Star last year, but Carlos Beltran got the nod over him in the outfield. It seems safe to say that he'll get the call this year, what with his 24 homers and .952 OPS to date. He's scored 62 runs and driven in 52 in 73 games.
Jun 29 - 12:03 AM

David Paulino gave up four homers and seven runs in four-plus innings against the A's on Wednesday.

Paulino was given nine runs in the first three innings, but he just couldn't stay away from the long ball, even as he racked up eight strikeouts and walked none in his four-plus innings. After six starts, Paulino has a 6.52 ERA, despite a 34/7 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. He has to find a way to keep the ball in the yard in order to stick around. It's possible he'll be replaced with Charlie Morton due back soon.
Jun 29 - 12:01 AM

Josh Reddick went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two steals against the A's on Wednesday.

Six steals in 66 games is a nice little surprise for Reddick owners. Not only does he have a career-high .856 OPS, but he's on pace to overtake his high total of 11 steals from 2012.
Jun 28 - 11:56 PM

Marwin Gonzalez (oblique) singled in one of his four at-bats in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Gonzalez had been unavailable for a few days with an oblique issue. He's hitting .340/.411/.440 this month but has just one homer.
Jun 28 - 8:20 AM

Mike Fiers was charged with four runs in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the A's.

Fiers deserved better; he left with the score tied 1-1 and the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth. James Hoyt took over and gave up a grand slam. If Hoyt had gotten that out, Fiers has a 3.66 ERA right now. Instead, he's at 3.98.
Jun 28 - 12:17 AM

George Springer went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk versus the A's on Tuesday.

That makes 23 homers for Springer. If only he could steal a base, he'd be a top-five fantasy outfielder right now. However, he's 0-for-3 in steals this year after finishing 9-for-19 last year. He was actually effective stealing bases before that, going 21-for-27 over 180 games in his first two seasons.
Jun 28 - 12:13 AM

Astros optioned RHP Jordan Jankowski to Triple-A Fresno.

Jankowski has been pounded for six runs over 3 1/3 innings in two relief appearances this season. Brad Peacock is back from paternity leave.
Jun 27 - 7:46 PM

Astros activated RHP Brad Peacock from the paternity leave list.

Peacock is slated to start Thursday against the Athletics. Jordan Jankowski was sent down in a corresponding move.
Jun 27 - 7:45 PM

Collin McHugh (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday.

McHugh has been out all season with a posterior impingement in his right elbow but he made nice progress lately. The hope is that he'll be an option for the Astros' rotation just after the All-Star break.
Jun 27 - 4:54 PM

Carlos Beltran is not in the Astros' lineup Tuesday.

Josh Reddick isn't playing, either. The Astros have Evan Gattis in the designated hitter spot and Jake Marisnick in center field.
Jun 27 - 4:22 PM

George Springer went 1-for-3 with a long solo home run in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Springer connected for yet another prodigious homer in this one. whacking a solo shot off Ariel Miranda in the fourth inning which traveled an estimated 455 feet to dead center. The slugger has now gone yard in four of his last 10 games and boasts a .277/.352/.557 triple-slash with 22 homers and 47 RBI for the season as a whole.
Jun 25 - 7:45 PM

Yulieski Gurriel went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Gurriel cracked a two-run homer off Ariel Miranda in the fourth inning. For the season as a whole, the veteran first baseman is slashing .275/.303/.441 with eight homers and 32 RBI in 66 contests. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games.
Jun 25 - 7:43 PM

Francis Martes proved ineffective while taking a no-decision in Sunday's win over the Mariners, walking four and allowing two runs in two innings.

Martes could not find the zone in this one, with only 34 of his 63 pitches going for strikes. Despite his lack of control, the Mariners were largely unable to take advantage. Robinson Cano would come through with a two-run double off Martes in the second inning, but that was it for runs scored on his watch. In three starts since being called up from Triple-A, the 21-year-old right-hander has pitched to a rough 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. He will try for sharper results in a home start against the Yankees next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 25 - 7:34 PM

Collin McHugh (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a simulated game Saturday.

He figures to be cleared for a rehab assignment soon. Out all season with a posterior impingement in his right elbow, McHugh is on track to rejoin the Astros' rotation just after the All-Star break.
Jun 25 - 2:48 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that it's "trending" toward Dallas Keuchel (neck) not returning before the All-Star break.

Hinch noted that Keuchel is "doing well and continuing to progress," but the Astros have decided to take an extra cautious approach here. The skipper indicated that they'll know for sure sometime within the next week whether it's possible Keuchel could be back before the break, but it sounds like the club will wait until after the break. Keuchel has missed most of June with a neck injury that has dogged him since May.
Jun 25 - 2:30 PM


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