Moran (face) has been activated from the disabled list and will rejoin the team Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Moran has tallied three hits (including a home run) in six at-bats with the Astros this season and should provide the team with an additional bench piece during the stretch run. The team clinched its playoff berth Sunday, so it's possible he will get a few starts down the stretch to ensure the health of the Astros' regular starters for the playoffs.
Moran (face) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Quad Cities in the immediate future, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Moran has been able to collect some at-bats with the Rookie-league team in recent days, and appears to be nearing full health. It's still expected that the 24-year-old will need a solid chunk of games in the minors before returning to Houston, but a return this season now seems likely.
Moran (facial fracture) has progressed to taking batting practice at Houston's spring training facility in Florida, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Earlier this week, manager A.J. Hinch told Kaplan's fellow Chronicle scribe, Hunter Atkins, that he was not ruling out Moran's return sometime in September. When Moran first sustained the injury, suffered when he fouled a ball into his face July 23, it was widely presumed he would miss the rest of the season, but his recent activity suggests a return this season is possible. The Astros are not counting on him to be an integral part of the team at this point, but Moran could serve as a depth option late in September, someone that could provide rest to the regulars if Houston sews up a playoff berth early.
Moran (face, concussion) remains a few weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Moran has been around the Astros' clubhouse in recent days with the swelling on his face subsiding and his vision improving, but the third baseman has yet to resume baseball activities. Until that happens, the Astros likely won't be able to flesh out a definitive timetable for his return.
Moran (face) underwent surgery to repair facial fractures Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. The 24-year-old sustained the fractures as well as a concussion when he fouled a ball off the left side of his face on July 22 in Baltimore. There's not yet an official timetable in place for Moran, but he's unlikely to return prior to September.
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