Odorizzi (lower leg) played catch Friday, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports. Odorizzi was taken off the field on a stretcher Monday against Boston, and he underwent an MRI recently that revealed some strains and sprains to the ligaments of his right foot/ankle. While the right-hander is still in the early stages of his recovery and doesn't yet have a timetable to return, it's encouraging that he's already been cleared to throw.
Odorizzi said his recent MRI revealed some strains and sprains to the ligaments of his right foot/ankle, but the Astros haven't established a timeline for his return to action, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Odorizzi noted that he initially feared he ruptured his Achilles' tendon Monday, when he was carted off the field after going down in pain while he attempted to run and cover first base. Though the right-hander is confident that he'll return to this season, he still appears destined to spent well beyond the minimum 15 days on the IL. A clearer target date for his return likely won't materialize until he's able to resume on-field workouts.
The Astros placed Odorizzi on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with lower left leg discomfort. The diagnosis matches how the Astros labeled the injury shortly after Odorizzi was carted off the field in the sixth inning of his start Monday against the Red Sox. The team relays that Odorizzi underwent an MRI on his leg earlier Tuesday, but a clearer update on the exact nature and severity of his injury may not be known for another day or two. Houston recalled reliever Seth Martinez from Triple-A Sugar Land to take Odorizzi's spot on the 26-man active roster, but the team may not tab a replacement for him in the rotation. Odorizzi had already been part of a six-man rotation, so the Astros may choose to condense their starting staff to the traditional five pitchers in the wake of his absence.
Odorizzi was carted off the field during Monday's game against Boston after suffering an apparent leg injury, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings prior to exiting. Odorizzi suffered the injury after popping off the mound in an effort to cover first base, but he crumbled to the ground before reaching the bag. The nature of his injury is unclear at this time, though it's worth noting that he wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg, per Bill Koch of The Providence Journal.
Odorizzi (3-2) yielded one hit and two walks over five shutout innings Sunday, striking out five and earning a win over the Tigers. The only danger that Odorizzi faced in the victory came during the fourth inning; after two walks and a wild pitch, he had two runners in scoring position with one out but escaped the jam unscathed. The veteran righty has allowed just one run over 17.2 frames during his three-start winning streak after giving up 12 runs (nine earned) in his first three outings. Odorizzi will carry a 3.38 ERA into next week's projected start in Washington.
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