Player News - Astros

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Tyler White will join the Astros in Detroit on Friday, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.

Doug Fister will be placed on paternity leave in a corresponding move. White got off to a sensational start this season in Houston but quickly regressed. He's probably not worth trying again in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 28 - 2:26 PM

Astros RHP prospect Francis Martes allowed just one hit and two walks over seven scoreless innings Wednesday in a win for Double-A Corpus Christi.

Martes retired 17 of the last 18 hitters he faced while matching a season-high with nine strikeouts. The victory snapped a four-game winless streak for the right-hander. Martes has now fanned 89 hitters this year, which ranks eighth in the Texas League. The 20-year-old holds a respectable 3.76 ERA over 19 appearances (16 starts) this season.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 28 - 12:33 PM

Astros OF prospect Kyle Tucker belted a solo home run Wednesday in a loss for Low-A Quad Cities.

The blast came off his former high school teammate Jake Woodford. It was Tucker's only hit of the night. The 2015 first-round pick hasn't hit for much power this year—Wednesday's round-tripper was only his third in 307 at-bats—but he's been a productive base stealer with 30 thefts on 36 attempts. That total is good for second-most in the Midwest League.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 28 - 12:12 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is not likely for Friday's game against the Tigers.

This echoes what Hinch was saying prior to Wednesday's game with the Yankees. The Astros have a scheduled day off on Thursday. Valbuena actually might have been sat on Friday even if he was healthy, as the Tigers will be tossing out left-hander Matt Boyd and Valbuena is slugging just .400 against southpaws (as compared to .479 vs right-handed pitchers). Hinch has not ruled out playing Valbuena in one or both of the final two games of the weekend series.
Jul 27 - 11:52 PM

Carlos Gomez (hamstring) will visit a doctor on Thursday.

Gomez injured his right hamstring early in Wednesday's win over the Yankees. Jake Marisnick came on to play center in his place in the top of the third inning. It has been that kind of season for Gomez, who is hitting just .214/.278/.327 with 11 steals, five homers and 28 RBI over 281 at-bats. His trip to the doctor on Thursday should help clarify whether a stay on the disabled list is needed.
Jul 27 - 11:43 PM

Colby Rasmus clobbered a two-run homer on Wednesday, powering the Astros to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Yankees.

His towering drive off Masahiro Tanaka capped off a three-run uprising in the third inning and proved to be too big of a deficit for the Yankees to overcome. Rasmus finished the night 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. He has been mired in an extreme slump lately, with his season slash falling to .227/.304/.380 to go along with 12 homers and 45 RBI.
Jul 27 - 11:08 PM

Lance McCullers matched his season high with 10 strikeouts over six innings of one-run ball in an impressive victory over the Yankees on Wednesday.

The right-hander scattered five hits and a pair of walks over his six frames. The only blemish on his evening came on a solo home run by Brian McCann in the fourth inning. McCullers has now struck out 10 batters four different times this season, including each of his last two starts. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he does battle against the Blue Jays at home on Tuesday.
Jul 27 - 11:06 PM

Carlos Gomez left Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to a right hamstring strain.

Gomez was replaced in the field by Jake Marisnick in the top of the third inning. The speedy outfielder did not outwardly look hobbled early in the game, but either the Astros saw something or Gomez himself complained of discomfort. Either way, expect him to be reevaluated on Thursday. A trip to the disabled list is one possible outcome here given the notorious uncertainty surrounding any sort of hamstring injury.
Jul 27 - 9:33 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena's hamstring injury is "something that's going to take a couple days [to recover from]."

Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain while running down the first base line in the second inning of Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. The Astros have an off day on Thursday. Beyond that, Hinch said that because the Tigers will start southpaw Matt Boyd on Friday, the Astros might sit him until Saturday. Valbuena shouldn't be considered in the clear quite yet, but with the way the team is talking, he might just be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Hamstrings, of course, are notoriously balky.
Jul 27 - 8:14 PM

Marwin Gonzalez hit two home runs in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

Gonzalez was one of the only Astros hitters able to get anything done against CC Sabathia and company, taking Sabathia deep for a solo dinger in the first inning before tacking on a one-run shot in the eighth for good measure. The homers gave Gonzalez 10 on the year to go with 28 RBI and 40 runs scored. The 27-year-old is hitting .256/.295/.426 overall.
Jul 26 - 11:54 PM

Doug Fister allowed six runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Fister didn't get rocked -- none of the Yankees' nine hits left the yard, and only two went for extra bases -- but it certainly wasn't the same pitcher who threw seven scoreless innings his last time out. The loss was Fister's fourth in his last six starts, dropping his record to 10-7 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. The 32-year-old has another tough test on tap Monday when he faces the Blue Jays.
Jul 26 - 11:49 PM

Luis Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

Valbuena pulled up lame while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. Houston is calling him day-to-day, but a 15-day disabled list stint seems possible. That would open more playing time at third base for top prospect Alex Bregman, who served as the Astros' designated hitter on Tuesday after starting at the hot corner in his MLB debut on Monday.
Jul 26 - 9:27 PM

Luis Valbuena left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with a right leg injury.

Valbuena fell while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. He looked to be in a good amount of pain as he limped to the home dugout at Minute Maid Park. Valbuena was starting at third base in this one, with top prospect Alex Bregman serving as the Astros' DH. Marwin Gonzalez moved to the hot corner and Jason Castro took over at first base.
Jul 26 - 8:53 PM

Alex Bregman is at DH and batting sixth Tuesday in his second major league game.

Bregman finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday in his MLB debut, but he came a few feet short of a grand slam in the sixth inning and looked sharp defensively at third base. He could play left field Wednesday.
Jul 26 - 4:22 PM

Astros minor league 1B A.J. Reed jolted three hits Monday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

He homered and doubled twice while driving in three of the Grizzlies' seven runs. Reed returned to Fresno last week following a month-long stint in the majors. He's looked right at home since coming back, slugging five hits in his first 10 at-bats. 34 of Reed's 64 hits for Fresno this year have gone for extra bases. The 23-year-old won't be in the minors for long if he keeps shredding at Triple-A.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 26 - 3:21 PM


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