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Brett Oberholtzer (blister) could begin a rehab assignment this week.

He'll either be assigned to a minor league affiliate or appear in another extended spring training game. The left-hander tossed three innings in extended spring on Saturday. Oberholtzer needs to be stretched out a bit, but his blister is healed and he's tracking toward an early- to mid-May return to the Astros' rotation.
Apr 26 - 10:06 AM

Jake Marisnick (quad) is expected to sit out again on Sunday.

Marisnick is dealing with some soreness in his right quad area. He was able to do some running prior to Saturday's game with no issues, but the Astros are expected to rest him one more day. "Jake, we’ll well monitor him day to day," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He’s available but I’m going to try not to use him unless I have to. He’s bouncing around fine. I’m hopeful for (Sunday), but if it’s not (Sunday) and he needs another day we’re going to still be cautious with him."
Apr 26 - 10:02 AM

Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer Saturday in the Astros' 9-3 rout of the A's.

Altuve hit his three-run shot off A's starter Kendall Graveman in the top of the second inning. He also singled in the top of the first but was caught stealing second base. The diminutive 24-year-old is batting .315/.367/.425 with two home runs and five steals in 17 games this season for the Astros, who are off to a 10-7 start.
Apr 25 - 7:30 PM

Scott Feldman limited the A's to three runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday to earn his second win.

Feldman was flirting with a shutout until the bottom of the seventh, when the Oakland offense generated all three of its runs in the 9-3 loss. Feldman allowed only five total hits and struck out six. He'll carry a 2-2 record, 4.81 ERA, and 1.19 WHIP into his next start at home against the Mariners.
Apr 25 - 7:26 PM

Evan Gattis is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

It appears to be a routine day off for Gattis, which is somewhat odd timing after his two-hit effort on Friday night. Expect him to return on Sunday.
Apr 25 - 1:48 PM

Robbie Grossman delivered a two-run single in the top of the 11th to help the Astros beat the A's 5-4 on Friday.

This one was completely scoreless for nine innings before the Astros and A's both came through with two runs in the 10th. Grossman's single through the left side of the infield in the 11th made him the hero when he could have easily been a goat; he was swinging at a 3-0 pitch from a pitcher in Eric O'Flaherty who had walked the first two guys he faced and whose only out came on a sac bunt. Plus, Jose Altuve was on deck. Grossman, though, found the hole and knocked in both runners, raising his average from .148 to .179. Fortunately, the Astros went on to add one more run from there, because the A's again came back with two runs, leaving them just a bit short.
Apr 25 - 2:09 AM

Dallas Keuchel was denied a victory after throwing nine scoreless innings Frida against the A's.

The game was still scoreless when the Astros finally came through with two in the top of the 10th. That would have put Keuchel in line for the victory, but Luke Gregerson couldn't nail down the save. Keuchel has given up runs in just one of four starts to date and is sporting a 0.64 ERA. So, maybe he's a little over his head, but he should remain a solid mixed-league starter all year long.
Apr 25 - 2:04 AM

Luke Gregerson blew his first save Friday after giving up two runs in the 10th against the A's.

Gregerson came in after the Astros scored twice in the top of the inning, but he faltered for the first time this year. Part of the blame goes to Jose Altuve, who should have had Stephen Vogt at first for the final out of the game, except he made a high underhand toss of the wet ball, giving Vogt time to race down the line and beat it out. The two runs Gregerson allowed were the first he's given up this season.
Apr 25 - 2:02 AM

Chad Qualls retired the only batter he faced Friday to pick up his second save against the A's.

Qualls was the third pitcher of the 11th, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to center to end the game with the tying run on second. It's Qualls' second save in four days, but the Astros won't be replacing Luke Gregerson anytime soon.
Apr 25 - 2:00 AM

Jake Marisnick was scratched from the Astros starting lineup on Friday due to right leg discomfort.

Marisnick will also sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. The young outfielder felt something while running the bases in Wednesday's contest. Robbie Grossman is getting the start in his place on Friday and batting ninth against the Athletics.
Apr 24 - 8:21 PM

Astros activated RHP Josh Fields from the 15-day disabled list.

Fields has been working his way back from a groin injury suffered on March 23. His rehab has gone well and Astros manager A.J. Hinch was praising Fields' stuff after a April 18 minor league rehab game. Once back with the Astros, the pitcher will assume middle-inning duty, with an occasional shot at the eighth inning.
Apr 23 - 3:08 AM

Astros optioned INF Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The move was made to make room for RHP Josh Fields, returning from the DL. Villar's seen limited at-bats this season and has notched one hit in 15 plate appearances. He played well in spring training (.286/.390/.486) and could be called up again should the Astros need an extra infielder. Just don't expect him to pop up on the fantasy radar.
Apr 23 - 3:00 AM

Chris Carter hit his first home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners.

Pop the champagne. Hug your loved ones. Find a kitten to pet. Chris Carter has finally hit a home run. The seventh inning homer off of J.A. Happ wasn't just his first home run of the season. It was his first hit that wasn't a single. And he had just four singles in 45 at-bats coming into the game. Carter finished the contest 2-for-4. If he's sitting on your bench, don't feel the need to start him immediately, but do follow his next few games closely to see if this is the beginning of a hot streak.
Apr 23 - 1:17 AM

Roberto Hernandez surrendered three runs over seven innings in a low-scoring loss to the Mariners.

Hernandez pitched his best game since winning the No. 5 spot in the rotation out of spring training. He struck out two, walked one and served up six hits. Only one of those six left the ballpark, courtesy of Mike Zunino in the third inning. Hernandez mostly kept things under control and managed to give the Astros seven innings. While he's far from flashy, he does currently have an ERA of 3.57 and a WHIP of 1.13. Still, given his career track record, it's difficult to recommend him except in the most favorable of conditions.
Apr 23 - 12:57 AM

Brad Peacock's intercostal strain could force him to miss several weeks.

"I’m not sure I would look too much further past that (May) and we won’t know until he starts throwing, but it could last a little while," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if Peacock could return sometime next month. Peacock suffered the strain on April 14 and was placed on the disabled list three days later. It's fair to assume we won't see Peacock any time soon.
Apr 22 - 11:16 PM


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