Odorizzi signed a two-year contract with the Astros on Saturday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Odorizzi held out in free agency until he found the right deal, and he'll join Houston's rotation with Framber Valdez's (finger) status up in the air in 2021. The financial terms of the deal aren't yet known, but the contract includes a player option for 2023. The right-hander spent the past three seasons with the Twins but only made four starts in 2020 while battling various injuries. Odorizzi made 34 starts for Minnesota across the past two years and posted a 3.75 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 190:56 K:BB over 172.2 innings. Whether he has enough time to build up ahead of Opening Day remains to be seen.
Odorizzi (finger) is on the Twins' wild-card roster, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports. Odorizzi battled multiple injuries throughout the season and went on to make just four starts, allowing 10 earned runs in 13.2 innings. He most recently missed time due to a blister but is evidently ready to pitch in some capacity now. He isn't listed as the expected starter for any of the three potential wild-card games, however, so he'll presumably be stuck in a relief role for the series.
Odorizzi (finger) has progressed well in his recovery and will likely be available for the postseason, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Odorizzi landed on the injured list Friday with a right middle finger blister, but manager Rocco Baldelli sounded optimistic about his availability for the postseason. "He's healed well. His finger looks good. He's played catch. It's all gone fine," Baldelli said. The Twins are taking steps to avoid a setback in his recovery, but he'll likely be available for the team's wild-card series.
Odorizzi was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a right middle finger blister, retroactive to Sept. 17, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. The 30-year-old returned from an abdominal issue Wednesday but left that start during the fourth inning due to the blister. Odorizzi will be eligible to return from the injured list for the regular-season finale Sept. 27, though it's unclear if he'll require additional time to recover. The Twins have scheduled off days Monday and Thursday and won't require a fifth starter in his absence before the playoffs.
Odorizzi (abdomen) left Wednesday's start against the White Sox in the fourth inning due to an issue with his finger, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Odorizzi appeared to be dealing with a blister or fingernail issue before he was forced to leave in the middle of an at-bat. He was pitching well prior to his departure, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three in 3.2 innings. He was making his first start since Aug. 21 after he was activated from the 10-day injured list earlier in the day.