The Astros recalled Stubbs from Triple-A Sugar Land on Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old joins Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro on the Astros' catching depth chart, but he can also offer some outfield depth while Kyle Tucker (illness) misses time on the COVID-19 list. Stubbs has gone 3-for-15 in five games with the big-league club this season.
The Astros optioned Stubbs to Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With Jason Castro (Achilles) cleared to return from the injured list, Stubbs' services were no longer needed as the No. 2 catcher behind Martin Maldonado. During his nearly three-week stay in Houston, Stubbs only appeared in four games, going 3-for-15.
Stubbs was recalled by the Astros on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Stubbs was optioned off the roster in late April and slashed .333/.471/.444 with three doubles and three RBI in eight games for Triple-A Sugar Land. He'll now serve as a backup option at catcher again after Jason Castro (Achilles) was placed on the injured list.
Stubbs was optioned to the alternate training site Tuesday and placed on the taxi squad, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old has been with the big-league club for the past week following the team's COVID-19 outbreak, but he'll lose his roster spot with Martin Maldonado (COVID protocols) returning to the lineup. Stubbs will remain with the team on the taxi squad but is unlikely to rejoin the roster while Maldonado and Jason Castro remain healthy.
Stubbs was recalled by the Astros on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Stubbs will join the major-league club to serve as Houston's backup catcher after Martin Maldonado was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday. Jason Castro should serve as the primary catcher in Maldonado's absence, but Stubbs could make his 2021 debut in the near future if Maldonado misses extended time.
Stubbs cleared the health and safety protocols and returned to workouts Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Stubbs was informed Monday that he won't be on the Opening Day roster, but that was seemingly unrelated to his temporary quarantine. Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro will be the Astros' primary catchers this season, with Stubbs filling in whenever there's an injury.
Stubbs (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) was informed Monday that he wouldn't be included on the Astros' Opening Day roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Stubbs recently began a quarantine period away from the team due to contact-tracing concerns, but that likely didn't play a factor in him missing out on the Opening Day roster. Instead, Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro had been locked in all spring as the Astros' top two catchers, leaving no room for Stubbs. Once he clears all COVID-19 protocols, Stubbs will report to the Astros' alternate site before likely heading to Triple-A Sugar Land when the minor-league season begins in May.
Manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Stubbs will remain away from the team for at least one or two days while waiting to clear COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
After being hit in the head by a pitch in a March 22 game, Stubbs was held out of the lineup for two days before returning to action in a reserve capacity Thursday. While he looks to be in the clear for the start of the season from an injury standpoint, his entry into the health and safety protocol suddenly makes his status for Opening Day murkier. As the clear No. 3 catcher on the depth chart behind Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro, Stubbs won't see much work even if Houston elects to carry him on its 26-man active roster to begin the season.
Stubbs left Monday's game against the Mets after a pitch hit his head, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Stubbs was thankfully able to walk to the dugout under his own power. The severity of his injury is not yet clear.
Stubbs is hoping to play outfield and second base during spring training games, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Stubbs made last year's Opening Day roster as a third catcher but made just one start and had 10 plate appearances. With Jason Castro on board to back up Martin Maldonado in 2021, Stubbs faces a similar situation, so he seeks greater versatility to increase playing time.
The Astros recalled Stubbs from their alternate training site Tuesday ahead of the team's wild-card opener against the Twins.
Stubbs will serve as Houston's third catcher during the postseason, providing depth behind Martin Maldonado and Dustin Garneau. The 27-year-old appeared in 14 games during the regular season, going 1-for-8 at the dish.
Stubbs was optioned to the alternate training site Wednesday and will remain with the team on the taxi squad, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 27-year-old earned a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he'll be removed from the active roster with Josh James (hip) returning from the injured list. Stubbs went 1-for-8 with one run and one RBI in 14 appearances this season.
Stubbs is part of Houston's 30-man roster, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
As expected, Stubbs will open the season with the Astros thanks to expanded rosters. He'll serve as the team's third catcher for now, though the team has also talked about potentially using him at other positions.
Stubbs will likely be part of the Astros' expanded roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Stubbs lost out on the backup catcher job to Dustin Garneau in spring training and was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, but the luxury of an expanded roster means Houston can carry a third catcher. The Astros have talked about using Stubbs at other positions, which could benefit him as the team trims its roster from 30 to 28 two weeks into the season, then from 28 to 26 two weeks later.
Stubbs was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Stubbs impressed in his limited opportunities before Spring Training was suspended, slashing .455/.625/.727 with a homer and two steals in 16 plate appearances, but it wasn't enough for him to beat out Dustin Garneau for the job as Houston's backup catcher.
Stubbs is batting .455 (5-for-11) with a home run, two RBI and two stolen bases over 10 spring games.
Stubbs is competing with Dustin Garneau to be the backup catcher to starter Martin Maldonado. Stubbs has experience in the outfield as well as catcher and brings a modicum of speed (47 SB in minors), so he could land as the 26th man for the Astros, if he doesn't win the No. 2 catcher job.
Stubbs is expected to get looks in the infield during spring training, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Stubbs saw time in the outfield with the Astros a season ago, manning left field in seven contests. It would certainly make him a more valuable ballplayer if he's able to add a few infield positions to his repertoire.
Stubbs went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and three runs Sunday in the Astros' 21-1 win over the Mariners.
Stubbs was making just his second appearance with the Astros since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Sept. 2. With the Astros leading 13-0 after three innings, manager AJ Hinch pulled a couple key regulars early, allowing Stubbs and Myles Straw (3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs) to produce big lines off the bench. Though Stubbs was used in left field Sunday, he'll primarily serve as insurance at catcher behind Robinson Chirinos and Martin Maldonado in the season's final month.
The Astros recalled Stubbs from Triple-A Round Rock ahead of Monday's game against the Brewers, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
He'll join Houston as the club's No. 3 catcher, a role that likely won't afford him many regular starts in September. Instead, Stubbs will merely function as insurance behind veterans Robinson Chirinos and Martin Maldonado, the clear top two options on the depth chart.
Stubbs was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Stubbs was recalled from Round Rock last week when Robinson Chirinos was dealing with a shoulder injury, but he'll be sent back down now that Chirinos is healthy. Stubbs figures to rejoin the Astros once rosters expand in September, but he's unlikely to see much of a workload.
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