Gurriel showed up to spring training noticeably slimmer, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gurriel was having a fine 2020, with a .300/373/.556 slash line through the middle of August, before his season cratered (.452 OPS over final 34 games). The frustration extended into the postseason when he went 5-for-44. He attributed the production drop off to a lack of conditioning, so the 36-year-old was motivated to shed 15 pounds in the offseason. "I feel a ton better physically compared to where I was at last year," Gurriel said. "The biggest difference is I have the ability and the time physically to train, which I didn't have the last year because of the pandemic." The Astros brought back Gurriel for one more season with a club option for 2022, hoping he reverts to the form he showed in 2019 when the first baseman slugged .541 with an .884 OPS. That will go a long way to filling the gap due to the loss of George Springer.
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.
Gurriel (hand) is starting Tuesday against the Rangers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Gurriel was held out of Sunday's lineup after hurting his hand Saturday, but he'll return to action Tuesday, playing first base. Over the last five games, Gurriel went 3-for-16 with a home run and five RBI.
Gurriel is being held out of Sunday's lineup against the Dodgers after hurting his hand while attempting to steal a base Saturday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Gurriel is sitting after starting the past six games for the Astros, and manager Dusty Baker said that he's being held out due to an injury. Baker said that he doesn't think the injury will warrant a stint on the injured list. Gurriel will get to recover Monday as the Astros have a day off.
Gurriel is not in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gurriel started the past six games and will head to the bench after going 4-for-20 with one homer and five RBI during that stretch. Abraham Toro receives the start at first base in his place.
Gurriel went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk in a victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.
Gurriel kicked off the scoring for Houston with an RBI single to center in the first inning. Though he didn't do anything spectacular the remainder of the contest, he made productive outs with an RBI fielder's choice in the eighth inning and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Through 184 plate appearances this season, Gurriel is slashing .265/.310/.458 with 21 RBI.
Gurriel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Athletics.
Gurriel accounted for the Astros' second and final run with his long ball in the sixth inning. The 36-year-old now has six homers, 18 RBI and 26 runs scored with a .263/.307/.463 slash line through 43 games this season.
Gurriel is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.
There has been nothing from the team's beat writers to suggest this is anything other than a routine day off after Gurriel played both ends of Saturday's doubleheader. It's just Gurriel's second absence from the lineup this season. Abraham Toro will start at first base and bat seventh.
Gurriel will get his first day off of the season Friday against the Padres, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Gurriel has certainly earned an everyday role, hitting .296/.364/.541. Taylor Jones will start at first base in his absence.
Gurriel went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mariners.
Gurriel lifted a solo shot to center field in the fourth inning for what ultimately proved to be the winning margin in the contest. The long ball was Gurriel's second in as many days and his fifth overall this season. With Saturday's two-hit performance, Gurriel has now logged multiple hits in four of his last seven games.
Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, an additional run scored and a walk in Friday's 11-1 win over the Mariners.
Gurriel went deep back-to-back with Yordan Alvarez in the middle of a nine-run first inning for the Astros. In the second, Gurriel laced a triple to right field and scored on a Carlos Correa groundout. Through 19 games, Gurriel has four homers, eight RBI, 12 runs scored and a .267 batting average.
Gurriel went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Athletics.
Gurriel knocked his third home run and was one of the few bright spots during the weekend series in which Houston's vaunted offense scored just five runs over 31 innings. He had four of the Astros' 18 hits in the series with three of them going for extra bases.
Gurriel went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Wednesday's 14-7 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Gurriel went yard in the eighth inning off Diamondbacks reliever Hector Rondon, but it was too little and too late to help the Astros turn things around. Gurriel has hit safely in six straight games, going 9-for-26 with two RBI and five runs scored in that span. The 36-year-old is hitting .286 with two homers, four RBI and eight runs scored across 51 plate appearances.
Gurriel went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk and was also hit by a pitch in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Mariners.
Gurriel's solo shot off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker started a four-run rally in the fourth inning. The first baseman has maintained a batting average of at least .290 in each of the last three years.
Gurriel went 0-for-3 in Friday's spring game against the Mets and is 2-for-17 (.118) through seven Grapefruit League appearances.
Gurriel busted out with 31 home runs in 2019, as he improved his flyball, hard-hit and launch-angle rates. His .243 ISO last season stands out as an outlier, so he could return to normal in 2020, his age-36 season. He'll continue to be the primary first baseman with eligibility at third while playing in a hitter-friendly park for half the season.
Gurriel signed a one-year, $8.3 million contract with the Astros on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Gurriel's previous contract ran through 2021, but he will now avoid arbitration and be eligible to enter free agency at the end of 2020. The 35-year-old had a career-high .884 OPS with 31 home runs and 104 RBI last season.
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|10/15||vs TB||W 4-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10/14||vs TB||W 4-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10/13||vs TB||L 2-5||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10/12||@ TB||L 2-4||3||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|10/11||@ TB||L 1-2||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|10/08||vs OAK||W 11-6||5||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10/07||vs OAK||L 7-9||3||1||0||0||0||1||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2018||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||5||21||3||9||4||0||0||3||--||4||0||0||.429||.429||.619|