Gurriel signed a one-year, $6.5 million extension with the Astros on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The contract keeps the 36-year-old with the only major-league organization he's ever known for at least one more season. The contract contains a team option for a second season at $8 million, as well as a $500,000 buyout on that option. That buyout will likely be exercised if Gurriel can't improve upon his .232/.274/.384 slash line from this season.
Gurriel acknowledged still feeling pain relating to a hand injury he suffered while sliding into second base Sept. 12, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He went 0-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Mariners. Gurriel wears wrap around the hand which he says contributes to problems gripping the bat. Even before the injury, his production dropped off during September. For the month, he's 11-for-68 with a .169 on-base percentage over 71 plate appearances. His OPS has dropped 164 points since the end of August.
Gurriel (hand) is starting at first base and batting fifth Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. The veteran first baseman was absent from Saturday's starting nine due to a hand issue, but he's back in action after missing one game. Gurriel has struggled through 17 games in September with a .167/.175/.250 slash line and one home run in 60 at-bats.
Gurriel isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Diamondbacks due to a hand issue, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Manager Dusty Baker said prior to Saturday's contest that Gurriel is getting a "physical and mental day off." However, he didn't sound too concerned about Gurriel's hand and said that the first baseman should be back in the lineup Sunday.
Gurriel isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Gurriel started in each of the last four games and went 1-for-14 with two strikeouts during that time. He'll retreat to the bench Saturday as Aledmys Diaz (quadriceps) returns to action at first base.
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