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Playing in the majors for the first time since the 2009 season, Gregorio Petit went 1-for-2 in a losing effort against the Marlins on Friday.

With Marwin Gonzalez struggling to recover from a hamstring injury, Petit could stand to see additional playing time over the next couple of weeks. He was having a nice season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, slashing .297/.340/.457 with 10 homers and 43 RBI.
Jul 25 - 11:28 PM

Jesus Guzman's nightmarish 2014 season continued in Friday's loss to the Marlins, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

The main reason that Guzman has a job on the Astros bench is his ability to mash left-handed pitching, so when he fails to do that it gives cause for concern. He's hitting a mere .197/.274/.268 with two homers and seven RBI in 142 at-bats on the year.
Jul 25 - 11:22 PM

Dallas Keuchel suffered a tough luck loss against the Marlins on Friday, allowing just two unearned runs on nine hits over his seven strong innings.

He punched out seven without issuing a walk on the evening. It was certainly an encouraging start for Keuchel, who appears to be completely over his wrist injury. A defensive miscue by Kike Hernandez ended up being responsible for a pair of runs scoring in the seventh inning, and that was the only offense in the ballgame. He'll bring a 3.11 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 99/30 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Athletics.
Jul 25 - 11:19 PM

George Springer (quad) has yet to resume doing exercises on his injured left quad.

The Astros maintain hope that he'll be ready to be activated from the disabled list as soon as he's eligible, but if he doesn't resume activities soon, that may be wishful thinking.
Jul 25 - 8:20 PM

Astros manager Bo Porter said Friday that Collin McHugh (finger) is "ready to come back."

He's been cleared after tossing five innings of one-run ball in a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The Astros will announce on Saturday where McHugh will slot back into the rotation.
Jul 25 - 5:24 PM

Astros transferred RHP Matt Albers from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Gregory Petit. Albers has been out since late April with right shoulder tendinitis and isn't close to returning.
Jul 25 - 4:16 PM

Astros optioned RHP Anthony Bass to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Bass allowed 10 earned runs over nine relief innings after being activated from the DL earlier this month. He should get another chance later this season.
Jul 25 - 4:15 PM

Astros purchased the contract of INF Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Astros needed some infield depth with Marwin Gonzalez (hamstring) banged up. Petit hasn't played in the majors since 2009 but was batting .297/.340/.457 with 10 homers at Triple-A.
Jul 25 - 4:13 PM

Scott Feldman was tagged for six runs in 5 1/3 innings by the A's in Thursday's loss.

The last two of those runs came after he was pulled in the sixth. That was some odd timing: he was allowed to face three straight left-handed hitters to start the inning and retired the last of them, but then he was pulled when Josh Donaldson came to the plate. Feldman has just one win in his last 10 starts, and he's 4-8 with a 4.60 ERA overall. It's disappointing, for sure, but then, it matters more to the Astros how he pitches in 2015 and '16 than it does this year.
Jul 24 - 6:53 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Thursday that the team is unlikely to trade Chad Qualls.

Teams have expressed interest in the reliever, but Qualls will make a reasonable $6 million through the end of next season and has a $3 million option for 2016, so Luhnow doesn't feel compelled to move him. The 35-year-old boasts a terrific 1.78 ERA and 31/4 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings in 2014. "I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said. "To have a guy who's capable of pitching late in the game, in close games, we're going to have opportunity going forward. This is a team that's improving, and as the team improves, you have more save opportunities, more opportunities to pitch at the end of close games. We need more Chad Qualls. We don't need less."
Jul 24 - 6:45 PM

Jon Singleton went 0-for-4 and struck out in a 17th straight game Thursday against the A's.

Since going without a strikeout in four of his first 10 games for the Astros, Singleton has fanned in 31 of his last 33 games. His average is down to .179.
Jul 24 - 6:43 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that prospect shortstop Carlos Correa (fibula) is unlikely to be ready for the Arizona Fall League.

Correa underwent surgery last month to repair a fractured right fibula and a ligament issue, but the Astros were initially hopeful that he would be able to participate in the Arizona Fall League. However, they are now aiming to have him ready for spring training.
Jul 24 - 5:48 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) isn't close to returning to action.

Albers has made slow progress since he landed on the disabled list in late April with right shoulder tendinitis. Similar to the Jesse Crain situation, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that the hope is he'll be ready to throw off a mound in the next 10 days, but he's still a ways off from pitching with the big club again.
Jul 24 - 5:17 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that the hope is that Jesse Crain (shoulder) will begin throwing off the mound sometime in the next 10 days.

Crain is now recovered from the right biceps surgery he had last October, but he's still working on strengthening his shoulder. The Astros signed the veteran reliever for $3.25 million over the winter, but he's no lock to pitch in the majors this year.
Jul 24 - 5:04 PM

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) has yet to swing a bat or pick up a ball.

The Astros were originally hoping that Fowler would be ready at the start of the second half, but he's still a ways off from returning. These injuries tend to linger, so the Astros don't want to take any chances. He'll need a minor league rehab assignment before being activated, so it's probably safe to rule him out until August at this point.
Jul 24 - 4:58 PM


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