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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

Marwin Gonzalez is in the Astros' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Athletics.

Gonzalez was pulled from Wednesday's game with soreness in his right hamstring -- something he's been dealing with since last week. But it's a manageable injury and he'll start at shortstop on Thursday. Gonzalez is batting .294/.333/.412 so far in July. He took over starting duties from Jonathan Villar at the end of June.
Jul 24 - 1:33 PM

Marwin Gonzalez was pulled from Wednesday's loss to the A's with soreness in his right hamstring.

"It happened the second game in Chicago (on Saturday), I got sore running the bases and since that day I’ve been playing with (soreness)," Gonzalez told reporters late Wednesday night. "So I’ve been dealing with it." The shortstop is hoping to play in Thursday's series finale. He's hit well since taking over for Jonathan Villar.
Jul 24 - 9:01 AM

Brad Peacock surrendered seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Astros lost in Oakland on Wednesday.

It was ugly, and this time, manager Bo Porter made Peacock work through the carnage, unlike his last start, when Peacock was yanked five batters in. Tonight, Peacock walked five and gave up seven hits, including three homers, on which six runs scored. Over his last two starts -- which lasted four innings total -- he's seen his ERA spike from 4.30 to 4.93. Peacock's spot in the rotation is in jeopardy. If he sticks around, a rematch against the A's on Monday would kick off a two-start week.
Jul 24 - 1:43 AM

Astros recalled 1B Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Krauss batted just .173 with a .581 OPS in 39 games with the Astros earlier this season. The 26-year-old is doubtful to hold fantasy relevance in his second look.
Jul 23 - 4:33 PM

Astros placed OF George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad.

Springer also has a knee issue and wasn't making enough progress in his workouts. The hope is that he'll be ready as soon as his 15-day stint is over. Springer, 24, boasts an .804 OPS, 20 home runs, and 51 RBI through his first 78 games at the major league level.
Jul 23 - 4:31 PM

Astros prospect RHP Vincent Velasquez struck out 10 batters in four scoreless innings Tuesday in a rehab start for the team's affiliate in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

He allowed one hit and one walk in the game. Velasquez, 22, has carved up younger hitters during his three rehab outings in the GCL, with a 2.08 ERA and 19-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 8 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander was equally impressive at High-A Lancaster prior to landing on the disabled list, as he posted a 2.89 ERA, .179 BAA and 33-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 innings over eight games (four starts). He'll likely return to Lancaster in the near future and could finish the season at Double-A if he can stay healthy.
Jul 23 - 2:54 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Tony Sipp has "drawn the most interest of any Astros player."

Sipp was scooped up by the Astros in May after opting out of a minor league deal with the Padres and has gone on to post a 2.45 ERA and terrific 41/7 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 relief innings. Heyman lists the Angels, Braves and Orioles as possible fits for Sipp.
Jul 23 - 1:54 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have inquired on Chad Qualls.

The Tigers have been connected to just about every reliever on the market. Qualls has experienced a nice bounce-back season in Houston, posting a 1.78 ERA and 31/4 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings. A trade would be bad for his fantasy value, as he almost surely would be used as a setup man wherever he goes.
Jul 23 - 1:51 PM


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