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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
95-67 4-6 W2
90-72 7-3 L1
86-76 4-6 L2
77-85 5-5 W1
60-102 5-5 L1

2021 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 5 4 6.39 42 17 1.54

Top Rafael Montero News

  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Completes bullpen session

    Montero (lat) completed a bullpen session Wednesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

    Montero is still hoping to pitch again for the Astros this season, but with just four games left on the Astros' schedule following Wednesday's contest against the Rays, he'll face an uphill battle to get activated before Sunday's finale. The 30-year-old has been on the shelf since Aug. 10 with a right lat strain, so he'll presumably need to face hitters in some capacity before Houston would entertain reinstating him.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Moves to 60-day IL

    Montero (lat) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Montero has been on the injured list since Aug. 10 due to a lat strain, so his move to the 60-day IL means that he won't have enough time to return during the regular season. The Astros haven't yet indicated whether Wednesday's transaction was prompted by a setback in the right-hander's recovery, and it's not clear whether he could be available for a potential postseason run.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Starts up throwing program

    Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday that Montero (lat) has resumed throwing off flat ground, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.

    After being acquired from the Mariners ahead of the July 30 trade deadline, Montero made just four relief appearances for Houston before being shut down with a right lat strain. Fortunately for Montero, the injury doesn't appear to be a season-ending one, but he'll likely need at least two weeks to advance through a throwing program before he's deemed ready to return from the 10-day injured list.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Diagnosed with lat strain

    Montero was diagnosed with a strained right lat Friday and has yet to resume throwing, Brian McTaggart of reports.

    Montero has spent the minimum 10 days on the injured list with what was originally described as shoulder soreness. As it turns out, the injury is worse than originally reported, and he won't be returning any time soon. It's not yet clear exactly when the Astros expect him back.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Lands on IL

    Montero (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    The righty exited Sunday's contest with a sore shoulder and will now be sidelined until at least Aug. 18. Montero has appeared in four games since joining the Astros, allowing one unearned run and striking out five in six innings of relief.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Dealing with shoulder soreness

    Montero was removed from Sunday's loss to the Twins due to shoulder soreness, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Montero left the game with a trainer in the top of the eighth inning after throwing 24 pitches. Whether the issue requires a trip to the injured list remains to be seen, but the right-hander will be evaluated Monday during the Astros' scheduled day off.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Exits with trainer

    Montero exited Sunday's game against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent injury, Brian McTaggart of reports.

    Montero threw 24 pitches to begin his outing and retired the first two batters he faced. However, he apparently felt something and exited the game following a brief visit with trainers. The nature and severity of the right-hander's injury aren't yet known.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: First loss with new team

    Montero (5-4) allowed an unearned run on one hit and struck out one in one inning, taking the loss versus Minnesota on Friday.

    The right-hander allowed an RBI single to Josh Donaldson in the 11th inning, and Houston's offense wasn't able to produce a second tying run as it had an inning before. This was Montero's first loss in three appearances with the Astros. While he began the year as the closer in Seattle, he's pitched to a poor 6.61 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 40:16 K:BB across 47.2 innings. He's unlikely to challenge for Ryan Pressly's closer job anytime soon -- prior to Friday, both of Montero's previous outings with Houston were longer than an inning.

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  • Astros' Rafael Montero: Shipped to Astros

    Montero and Kendall Graveman were traded from the Mariners to the Astros on Tuesday in exchange for Abraham Toro and Joe Smith, Brian McTaggart of reports.

    Montero was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday, and he'll join the Astros instead of going through the waiver wire. The 30-year-old converted seven of 13 save chances this season and has struggled with a 7.27 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 37:15 K:BB across 43.1 innings.

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  • Mariners' Rafael Montero: Designated for assignment

    Montero was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday.

    Montero had struggled to limit the opposition recently, as he posted a 13.09 ERA and 2.64 WHIP in 11 innings across his last eight relief appearances. He'll now be removed from the 40-man roster as right-hander Casey Sadler was reinstated from the 60-day IL in a corresponding move.

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  • Mariners' Rafael Montero: Problems persist Sunday

    Montero allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while recording two strikeouts over two innings in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

    Montero thus closes out the first half of the season in the midst of an extremely worrisome stretch of pitching that saw him post a 12.00 ERA, 2.44 WHIP and 2.0 HR/9 over the nine innings covering his last six starts. The right-hander's one-time closer responsibilities are a distant memory at this point, and manager Scott Servais may have a difficult time trusting Montero for anything other than low-leverage work moving forward.

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  • Mariners' Rafael Montero: Back to struggling Tuesday

    Montero allowed three earned runs on five hits over two innings in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. He struck out one.

    Montero's struggles continued Tuesday, as he pitched to plenty of contact, the most damaging which was a three-run home run by former Rangers teammate Rougned Odor. The struggling right-hander has now given up multiple earned runs in four of his last five appearances, ballooning his ERA and WHIP to 6.64 and 1.47, respectively, across 39.1 innings.

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  • Mariners' Rafael Montero: Strong multi-inning effort

    Montero fired 2.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded three strikeouts during a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

    The veteran reliever put together a much-needed resurgent effort following three straight appearances in which he allowed multiple earned runs and saw his season ERA balloon to 6.75. Despite his effectiveness Saturday, Montero is likely to see a fairly healthy dose of low-leverage assignments until he proves he's righted his ship over an extended period.

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  • Mariners' Rafael Montero: Takes third loss Tuesday

    Montero (5-3) took the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays on Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on four hits and recording one strikeout over one inning.

    Montero was tasked with preserving a 3-3 tie after the Mariners had knotted the game up in the top of the sixth, but he allowed a three-run home run to Bo Bichette that gave Toronto a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The veteran right-hander, who was brought in this offseason with the intent of having him serve as the full-time closer, continues to spiral, as he's now allowed multiple earned runs in three straight appearances and in five of his last eight outings overall.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 201 lbs
Birthplace: Higuerito, Dominican Republic
Age: 31
Experience: 4
Bats/Throws: R, R