Player News - Astros

Date: Team: Pos:

Charlie Morton punched out nine batters while allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings to earn a 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

He held Arizona to three knocks, although he did issue four bases-on-balls and it took him 107 pitches to get 19 outs. Morton is sporting extra velocity this year and it has boosted his strikeout rate to levels he has never displayed before. He is now 10-5 with a 3.69 ERA through 18 starts. He has 119 strikeouts and 42 walks in 107 1/3 innings.
Aug 17 - 12:20 AM

George Springer went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs in a win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

All three hits were singles. Springer has hit well since returning from a two week stint on the disabled list with a quad injury. He has a .307 batting average with 28 home runs, 86 runs scored and 70 RBI in 100 games played. He needs one more dinger to match his career high he set a year ago in 162 games.
Aug 17 - 12:14 AM

Josh Reddick went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Diamondbacks.

He delivered an RBI single in the fourth inning, then walloped a two run blast in the eighth to put the game out of reach. The 20-year-old outfielder has gotten to play nearly every day this year and has delivered solid production. He has a .295 batting average with 12 home runs, 58 RBI, 65 runs and seven steals in 104 games.
Aug 17 - 12:08 AM

Lance McCullers (back) is slated to throw another bullpen session on Thursday.

It will be his second bullpen session since going down with a back injury at the end of last month. Manager A.J. Hinch seems to be pleased with McCullers' progress and says there's a rehab assignment "in sight." McCullers earned his first All-Star nod earlier this year but has pitched to a disastrous 9.42 ERA over three second-half starts.
Aug 16 - 6:55 PM

Michael Feliz (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

It was his first time on the mound since bowing out with a shoulder injury at the start of August. Per beat writer Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, Feliz is behind Will Harris (shoulder), Lance McCullers (back) and Tony Sipp (calf), who are also in rehab mode. Feliz has posted an underwhelming 5.04 ERA while filling a middle relief role for the 'Stros this year.
Aug 16 - 6:54 PM

Carlos Correa (thumb) has resumed all baseball activity except hitting.

Now four weeks removed from thumb surgery, Correa has progressed to throwing, running and fielding. He's been hitting flips but is probably still a few days away from live BP. Correa will surely need a minor rehab stint and probably won't be back until early-to-mid September.
Aug 16 - 5:09 PM

Evan Gattis (concussion) will take batting practice on Wednesday.

Gattis was cleared to resume hitting after passing his imPact concussion test. He's hoping to be activated at some point during the team's current eight-game homestand. The Astros could sure use him with their other catcher Brian McCann (knee) also on the disabled list.
Aug 16 - 5:08 PM

Will Harris (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session on Friday.

This will be his third mound session after throwing on both Sunday and Wednesday. Harris may face hitters on Friday, which would put him on track to begin a rehab assignment sometime next week. When healthy, he'll work as the bridge to Ken Giles in the ninth inning.
Aug 16 - 5:00 PM

Brian McCann (knee) received a cortisone shot on Tuesday.

McCann has been dealing with tendinitis and inflammation in his right knee, but still hopes to return when first eligible. With Evan Gattis (concussion) also hurt, the Astros have been rolling out Max Stassi and Juan Centeno at catcher.
Aug 16 - 4:57 PM

George Springer hit a two-run double in the Astros' defeat of the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Springer finished 1-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored in the 9-4 victory at Chase Field. The 27-year-old outfielder is slashing .303/.378/.575 with 28 home runs, 70 RBI, four stolen bases, and 84 runs scored through 99 games played this season for first-place Houston.
Aug 15 - 7:15 PM

Brad Peacock yielded four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks.

Peacock was cruising until the bottom of the fourth, when the Diamondbacks plated three runs on three singles, two doubles, and a bases-loaded walk. The right-hander struck out nine batters in the afternoon outing and Houston eventually won the game in semi-blowout fashion, but the official victory went to rookie reliever Francis Martes. Peacock will carry a 10-1 record and 3.30 ERA into his next start at home against the A's.
Aug 15 - 7:06 PM

Max Stassi hit his second major league home run in the Astros' 9-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Stassi drew the start at catcher in the afternoon tilt at Chase Field and contributed an RBI double to the Astros' five-run second inning before belting a solo homer off Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Hoover in the top of the ninth. Stassi was promoted to the majors on Monday after posting an .856 OPS over 73 games this season at Triple-A Fresno and he should see semi-regular playing time while Brian McCann (knee) and Evan Gattis (concussion) are sidelined.
Aug 15 - 6:53 PM

Lance McCullers (back) threw a bullpen session Monday at Minute Maid Park.

It was his first bullpen session since he landed on the disabled list at the end of July due to back discomfort. There's no clear timetable for his return to the Astros' rotation, but he's moving in the right direction.
Aug 15 - 2:11 PM

Carlos Correa (thumb) could progress to taking batting practice this weekend.

Correa took swings off a tee for the first time on Monday, a major step in his recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb. The initial expectation was that the All-Star shortstop would be out until early-to-mid September, but it appears that he has a chance to beat that timetable if he can avoid setbacks.
Aug 15 - 2:08 PM

Marwin Gonzalez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

He'll take a seat against lefty Anthony Banda. Alex Bregman will start at shortstop and J.D. Davis will play third base.
Aug 15 - 1:20 PM


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