Gustave underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday and has been ruled out for the season, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Given the nature of the procedure, Gustave will likely still be rehabbing the injury by the time spring training arrives and may not be back to full strength until the middle of the 2018 season or later. The reliever made six appearances with the Astros in April before being shut down with a forearm strain and was moved to the 60-day disabled list last week.
Gustave (forearm) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.
There's been no indication that Gustave has suffered a setback in his recovery from the flexor strain in his forearm, but he'll be moved to the 60-day DL in order to open a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Derek Fisher, who will join the big club Wednesday. Since Gustave hasn't pitched since April 18, he'll be eligible for activation within a few days, though it doesn't sound like he's particularly close to a return. Gustave will likely require multiple appearances during a rehab assignment before the Astros consider activating him.
Gustave (flexor strain) has started a throwing program, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gustave has resided on the disabled list since late April, but has been unable to start a throwing program due to recurring arm soreness. He'll give it another shot at the team's facility in West Palm Beach, but this development doesn't necessarily outline a clear return timetable for the reliever.
Gustave was diagnosed with a flexor strain Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gustave was close to a rehab assignment before he was shut down again and sent to team doctors to address his recurring arm soreness. Although the doctors found no structural damage, Gustave will be shut down for throwing for the next 10-to-14 days, delaying his return. He should receive a firmer timetable for return once he resumes a throwing program.
Gustave was sent back to Houston to see team doctors after dealing with recurring arm soreness at Triple-A Fresno, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Gustave had been working his way towards a rehab assignment after dealing with forearm tightness in April. That's always a scary diagnosis for pitchers given how often it is the precursor to Tommy John surgery. Hopefully Houston's team doctors will come up with a better prognosis. Either way, Gustave's return will be delayed, as he will still need to go on a rehab assignment even if everything checks out fine.
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