Player News - Astros

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Carlos Gomez (wrist) expects to return to the Astros' starting lineup on Friday.

Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his right wrist, but X-rays turned up negative. This might be a good excuse to get the ultra-active 30-year-old center fielder some physical and mental rest. He's batting just .197/.228/.250 through 21 games this season. Preston Tucker entered to play left field on Wednesday with Colby Rasmus shifting to center.
Apr 28 - 8:20 AM

Jose Altuve homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday as the Astros topped the Mariners 7-4.

Altuve has been a fantasy dynamo with his .330 average, six homers, 20 runs, 13 RBI and nine steals in 22 games in what amounts to one-seventh of a season. He has more homers this year than he did in 626 at-bats in 2013. Even in 2014, he had just seven homers in 660 at-bats.
Apr 28 - 3:11 AM

X-rays turned up negative on Carlos Gomez's right wrist.

Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his wrist, but he only suffered a bruise. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 28 - 12:24 AM

Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist.

Gomez was plunked by Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma to lead off the top of the fourth inning. He was subsequently replaced by pinch-runner Preston Tucker. The Astros should issue an update as to Gomez's status on Thursday.
Apr 27 - 11:35 PM

Jose Altuve went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

The Astros offense was nowhere to be found on Tuesday, with the team logging just three hits total against Nathan Karns and company. In addition to his two walks, Altuve also struck out once. The diminutive second baseman has done everything in his power to try to spark the team's winning ways from 2015 and is hitting .313/.412/.602 with five homers, 11 RBI and nine steals over 85 at-bats. Despite all of that happiness, the Astros sit at just 6-15.
Apr 27 - 2:34 AM

Dallas Keuchel failed to rev in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering five runs on six hits over six innings.

Keuchel punched out five and walked two on the evening. He kept the Mariners off the scoreboard until the fourth inning, when Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single. That would have been survivable. A four-run fifth by the M's, less survivable. With the loss, Keuchel falls to 2-3. He has allowed 11 runs in his last 12 innings and will try to right the ship in a home start against the Twins in his next outing.
Apr 27 - 2:27 AM

Lance McCullers (shoulder) will pitch in an extended spring training game on Wednesday.

McCullers has been battling shoulder discomfort since mid-March and had to halt a rehab assignment two weeks ago after one three-inning outing at Double-A Corpus Christi. He'll probably make two or three appearances at extended spring training before trying to return to the minor league ranks. He won't be an option for the Astros' rotation until mid-to-late May.
Apr 26 - 8:57 PM

Scott Feldman will be skipped from his next turn in the Astros' starting rotation.

Chris Devenski will take the hill instead on Saturday in Oakland. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said it's not a permanent demotion to the bullpen for Feldman, but Devenski could change that if he pitches well. Houston could also try some other arms in that spot. Feldman allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits Sunday to the Red Sox and he has a brutal 1.88 WHIP over four starts this year.
Apr 26 - 8:28 PM

Chris Devenski will make a spot start for the Astros on Saturday in Oakland.

Devenski has registered an impressive 0.66 ERA, 0.878 WHIP, and 12/1 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this season out of the Astros' bullpen, but he probably won't be able to go very deep against the A's and he makes for a poor fantasy streaming option in standard leagues.
Apr 26 - 8:02 PM

Tyler White has been dropped to the sixth spot in the Astros' lineup on Tuesday night.

White opened the season on fire, but the 25-year-old rookie is batting just .083/.171/.278 with 14 strikeouts over his last 41 plate appearances. He should bounce back somewhat from this rut, though White is probably just keeping the seat warm for top first base prospect A.J. Reed. Preston Tucker is batting fifth on Tuesday against the Mariners.
Apr 26 - 5:56 PM

Tyler White walked and scored a run on Monday, but he went hitless for a fourth straight game.

White is in a 3-for-36 slump that's taken his average from .483 to .262. He still has his five homers and 13 RBI in 65 at-bats, so one need not overreact. However, the jury is still out on whether he's the answer at first base for the Astros.
Apr 26 - 1:33 AM

Lance McCullers (shoulder) threw a short bullpen session Sunday and felt fine.

The young right-hander is now headed to extended spring training in Florida, where he should soon resume pitching in games. "More of a controlled environment in extended spring training, more regular work," astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday. "We don't have to worry about weather. We don't have to worry about travel. We just get him in one spot and have a regiment in place." McCullers came down with shoulder inflammation in March and won't be an option for the Astros for at least another couple of weeks.
Apr 25 - 10:26 AM

Astros recalled RHP Michael Feliz from Triple-A Fresno.

Feliz threw 107 pitches of mop-up duty in the Astros' second regular-season game and got shipped out immediately after so that the team could bring in a fresh bullpen arm. The 22-year-old righty returns to a long relief role.
Apr 25 - 9:06 AM

Astros optioned OF Jake Marisnick to Triple-A Fresno.

Marisnick was off to a dreadful 1-for-10 start this year in Houston, with six strikeouts and one walk in 12 games. He's better off getting regular playing time on the farm as he tries to work his way out of this early-season slump. Marisnick, 25, is buried on the Astros' talented outfield depth chart.
Apr 25 - 9:04 AM

Colby Rasmus clobbered a game-tying, two-run homer off Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the ninth inning on Sunday.

Unfortunately, while it forced extra innings, the Astros still were unable to come away with a victory. Rasmus finished the night 1-for-5. He has been a monster at the plate through the first three weeks of the season, slashing .293/.440/.707 with seven homers and 18 RBI.
Apr 25 - 1:13 AM


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