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It's tempting to toss out Jose Urquidy's entire 2023 season because he missed all of May, June and July due to a severe bout of right shoulder inflammation. He returned from the 60-day IL in early August and mostly pitched well down the stretch, which offers reason for optimism that the injury is fully in the rearview. Unfortunately, that lengthy absence moved him down the Astros' pitching depth chart to the point where he is not assured of being part of the Opening Day rotation in 2024. The retirement of Dusty Baker and promotion of new manager Joe Espada further clouds Urquidy's status. If he's working as a starter, he could perhaps get back to his 2020-22 form and regularly deliver valuable fantasy outings. If he gets stuck in long relief, the mixed-league appeal almost completely fades.

Fantasy Stats

Year fpts
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
Innings Pitched
Base on Balls (Walk)
Earned Run Average
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
2024 0.00 0.00
2023 101.56.3 63.0 3 3 1 45 25 5.29 1.43
2022 38513.3 164.3 13 8 134 38 3.94 1.17
3y Avg. 25311.5 111.3 8 5 0 90 27 4.12 1.16
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Plays catch Friday

    Urquidy (forearm) played catch Friday, marking the first time he's done so since his injury, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. Urquidy was removed from a minor-league game March 15 due to a right forearm strain, and he was placed on the team's 15-day injured list March 28. The plan is for Urquidy to play catch again Sunday while the team monitors him.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Officially placed on injured list

    The Astros placed Urquidy (forearm) on the 15-day injured list Thursday, Brian McTaggart of reports. He suffered the injury during an appearance in a minor-league game in mid-March. According to Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle, manager Joe Espada said Thursday that Urquidy hopes to start playing catch by the weekend. Even if that happens, he's unlikely to be ready to make his 2024 Astros debut before the end of April.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Hoping to throw in 10-to-15 days

    Urquidy (forearm) is hoping to resume throwing in 10-to-15 days, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports. Urquidy will be shut down for a bit after an MRI revealed right forearm inflammation. The good news is the exam showed no issues with his UCL, so the hope is that a little rest and treatment will allow things to clear up. Urquidy will need time to be built back up, so a return before the end of April seems unlikely even in a best-case scenario.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Shut down from throwing

    Astros manager Joe Espada said Tuesday that Urquidy (forearm) will be shut down from throwing "for a while," Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. Urquidy was diagnosed with a right forearm strain Monday and it sounds like he will be given an extended period of rest, although Espada's update didn't offer much in the way of specifics. The Astros will also be without Justin Verlander (shoulder) for a while, leaving J.P. France and Ronel Blanco to fill the final two spots in the rotation indefinitely.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Out with forearm strain

    Astros manager Joe Espada said Monday that Urquidy has been diagnosed with a forearm muscle strain and won't be available for the start of the regular season, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports. Urquidy has been shut down from throwing for at least the next few days after he suffered the forearm strain during his most recent spring training outing Saturday. Despite turning in an ugly 5.29 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 63 innings in the majors in 2023, Urquidy was in position to break camp as a member of the Astros' Opening Day rotation before sustaining the arm injury. With Urquidy, Justin Verlander (shoulder), Lance McCullers (forearm) and Luis Garcia (elbow) all set to open the season on the shelf, Houston should have back-end rotation spots available for both J.P. France and Ronel Blanco for much of April, if not longer. Unless Urquidy is able to resume his throwing progression before the end of spring training, he'll most likely spend more than the minimum 15 days on the injured list.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Seeing doctors in Houston

    Urquidy (elbow) will fly to Houston on Saturday to see the Astros' team doctors, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. Urquidy removed himself from his appearance in a minor-league game Saturday due to discomfort in his right elbow. The pain hadn't disappeared when he arrived at the Astros' complex Saturday, so he will head back to Houston in order to get checked out. Should Urquidy end up having to miss time to begin the season, the Astros may further intensify their push to sign Blake Snell.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Leaves appearance with sore elbow

    Urquidy pulled himself from an appearance in a minor-league game Friday due to right elbow discomfort, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. Urquidy -- who threw 43 pitches in the outing before exiting -- is being examined by the Astros trainers Friday. The team reportedly was already on the lookout for rotation help with Justin Verlander (shoulder) opening the season on the injured list, and a serious injury to Urquidy could increase the urgency to sign someone like Blake Snell.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Modifies delivery

    Urquidy modified the movement of his glove this offseason to avoid tipping his pitches, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. Urquidy believed he was tipping his pitches by the way he moved and squeezed his glove in his delivery during the 2023 season. In addition to correcting that issue, he also worked to strengthen his shoulder and lat after suffering an injury to those areas last year. Urquidy is projected to compete with J.P. France (shoulder) for the fifth starter role, and he could have an advantage with France currently sidelined.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Settles with Astros

    The Astros and Urquidy avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.75 million contract Thursday, Ari Alexander of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Urquidy was eligible for arbitration for the second time. The right-hander had a down 2023 campaign that was sabotaged by injury, as he finished with a 5.29 ERA over 63 innings. He wouldn't seem to be guaranteed a rotation spot heading into 2024.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Gets start for Game 4 of ALCS

    Urquidy will start Game 4 of the ALCS on Thursday against the Rangers, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. After coming into the postseason with the expectation of working out of the bullpen, Urquidy was granted a start against the Twins in Game 4 of the ALDS and gave up two runs over 5.2 innings. He'll now take the mound for another Game 4 and look to keep quiet a Rangers offense that has slashed .202/.269/.364 through the first three games of the ALCS.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Starting Game 4

    Urquidy will start Wednesday against the Twins in Game 4 of the ALDS, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. Urquidy seemed to be slated for a bullpen role ahead of Houston's ALDS matchup with Minnesota, but he'll instead get the nod to start as the Astros looks for their seventh consecutive ALCS berth. The 28-year-old righty threw nine straight shutout innings over his final two regular-season outings and has yet to appear in the postseason.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Likely in bullpen role for ALDS

    Astros general manager Dana Brown said Thursday that Urquidy will likely work out of the bullpen during the ALDS against the Twins, Brian McTaggart of reports. Urquidy was tremendous in a spot start on the third-to-last day of the regular season, working six scoreless innings in a win over the Diamondbacks, but the Astros have already announced that Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez will start ALDS Games 1 and 2, with Cristian Javier looking probable for Game 3. J.P. France and Hunter Brown could also be in bullpen roles for Houston's best-of-five series versus Minnesota.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Does well in spot start

    Urquidy (3-3) earned the win Friday over the Diamondbacks, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out two over six scoreless innings. He made the spot start after J.P. France was scratched due to a family emergency. This was Urquidy's first start since Aug. 23 -- he'd allowed 11 runs over 14.1 innings across his last five appearances, all coming in relief. For the season, he's struggled to a 5.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 45:25 K:BB through 63 innings across 16 outings (10 starts). Urquidy will likely resume his bullpen role if the Astros are able to secure a playoff spot.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Draws spot start Friday

    Urquidy will start Friday's game at Chase Field in Arizona, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports. J.P. France has been scratched from the start due to a family emergency, so Urquidy gets the call for what will be his first start since Aug. 23. The 28-year-old right-hander has allowed 11 earned runs over his last 14.1 innings while working in long relief.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Earns first career save

    Urquidy pitched out of the bullpen in Monday's 13-5 win over the Red Sox, earning his first career save after allowing one run on four hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out one batter. Urquidy has now been used out of the bullpen in two of his last three appearances, though the Astros haven't yet confirmed that the rotation is being condensed from six to five men. After Cristian Javier labored through four innings, Urquidy ended up being called upon to effectively piggyback him. Urquidy threw 57 pitches and forced seven swinging strikes en route to picking up the save. He now owns a 5.21 ERA and a 36:18 K:BB through 46.2 frames, and those poor numbers along with the uncertainty regarding his role make him difficult to justify holding outside of deeper leagues or AL-only formats.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Labors through start

    Urquidy allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out one over 4.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Red Sox on Wednesday. Urquidy needed 100 pitches (61 strikes) in this appearance, which came after his last outing was a two-inning relief stint against the Mariners on Friday. The right-hander has struggled to get in form this season -- this was the fourth time in 10 appearances he's allowed at least four runs. He's at a 5.48 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 35:16 K:BB through 42.2 innings. Urquidy is tentatively lined up for a road rematch in Boston next week if the Astros continue to roll out a six-man rotation.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Available in relief Friday

    Urquidy will be available out of the bullpen Friday against the Mariners, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros are currently rolling with a six-man rotation and Urquidy won't be needed to make a start in their three-game weekend series versus Seattle. A short relief outing could act as a between-starts throw day before he slots back into the rotation early next week against the Red Sox.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Bounces back with seven strikeouts

    Urquidy (2-3) suffered the loss Sunday against the Angels but pitched well, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out seven over five innings. The lone run scored against Urquidy came off an RBI double from Mickey Moniak in the third inning. The Astros were unable to deliver much offensive production Sunday, leaving Urquidy in line for an unlucky loss. The 28-year-old struck out a season-high seven batters and registered 15 whiffs while gearing up to 80 pitches. Astros pitching coach Josh Miller said Urquidy was capped at 90 pitches, so it seems likely he'll be stretched out enough to potentially go six-plus innings in his next start , which is tentatively lined up to be against the Mariners this weekend.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Struggles in return

    Urquidy did not factor into the decision Sunday, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks over 3.1 innings against the Yankees. He struck out one. Making his first start since April, Urquidy held the Yankees to one run through his first three innings before running out of steam in the fourth, when he allowed four more runs before departing the contest. Through seven starts this season, Urquidy is 2-2 with a 6.10 with a 1.58 WHIP and 24:13 K:BB across 31 innings. The Astros will look for more length out of the 28-year-old Urquidy in his next outing, currently scheduled for next week against the Angels.
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  • Astros' Jose Urquidy: Reinstated for Sunday's start

    Urquidy (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day injured list ahead of his start against the Yankees on Sunday. The right-hander has been sidelined by shoulder issues since late April and will make his return to MLB action for Sunday's series finale in New York. Urquidy threw 76 pitches across five innings during his final minor-league rehab start, so he'll likely still face some minor workload limitations in his first start back. J.P. France is expected to be available as a piggyback option.
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