Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez got knocked around Monday night as Houston's bulk reliever, surrendering seven runs while striking out four over four innings of work. Rogelio Armenteros will take his place on the 25-man roster.
Valdez (3-6) took the loss working as the primary pitcher against the Angels on Monday, giving up seven earned runs on six hits over four innings, striking out four and walking four in the Astros' 9-6 defeat.
Valdez continues to struggle, as he entered the game behind opener Josh James and was shelled for seven earned runs in his four innings, marking his fourth straight appearance where he's given up at least four earned. Pretty much nothing went right for him in this contest, as the Angels tagged him for six hits while also drawing four free passes and forcing him to throw 85 pitches. The 25-year-old now carries a 5.58 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP and a 45:26 K:BB in 50 big-league innings this season, so he might not be long for Houston's rotation.
Valdez will serve as the primary pitcher Monday against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Valdez is set to piggyback off of Josh James, who will toss the first inning or so of Monday's series opener. Valdez owns a 5.28 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with a 41:22 K:BB across 46 innings this season in the big leagues.
Valdez is scheduled to serve as either a traditional starter or as the primary pitcher behind an opener during Monday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Heading into the weekend, Houston likely planned on having Valdez make his next start Tuesday, but he'll instead be moved up to take the hill on three days' rest after Brad Peacock (shoulder) suffered a setback that will prevent him from returning from the injured list for the series opener. Valdez started the Astros' first game of the second half Thursday against the Rangers but failed to escape the first inning while serving up four runs on four hits and three walks. On the bright side, Valdez only tossed 28 pitches before getting pulled, so he shouldn't face as significant restrictions with his workload as he otherwise might while pitching on three days' rest.
The Astros may use an opener ahead of Valdez's appearance Tuesday in Anaheim, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Assuming the opener does not give up runs, this would actually be good for Valdez's value going forward (in leagues that don't reward quality starts), as it would allow him to enter the game against the bottom of the opposing team's lineup and would improve his chances of qualifying for the win. Valdez has given up 15 runs while walking seven and striking out five in seven innings over his last three appearances for Houston.
Valdez (3-5) took the loss after surrendering four runs on four hits and three walks over 0.2 innings Thursday against Texas.
Valdez was hit hard from start, giving up four runs on a groundout and a pair of doubles while retiring just two batters before being pulled from the contest. The 25-year-old southpaw has now struggled over his last three outings, allowing 15 total runs across seven innings of work. His spot in Houston's starting rotation may be in jeopardy soon if he's unable to turn things around quickly.
Valdez was called up to start Thursday's game against the Rangers, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez had a respectable but unremarkable 4.57 ERA in 45.1 innings in the first half, starting four games and appearing in a further 14 in relief. He appears to be the Astros' fifth starter for now, though a trade acquisition by the end of the month remains possible.
Valdez is expected to be called up to start Thursday's game against the Rangers, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
With Jose Urquidy getting sent to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, the Astros have a gap in the rotation. Valdez is in line to start Thursday and has big-league experience this season, so he's the logical choice. He hasn't been particularly effective in 45.1 major-league innings this season, recording a 4.57 ERA. His 20.8 percent strikeout rate and 9.6 percent walk rate are each slightly worse than average, though his 59.4 percent groundball rate is strong.
Valdez (3-4) was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock after taking the loss Wednesday against the Pirates, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He gave up six runs on eight hits across only three innings and had two strikeouts and one walk.
Wednesday's performance made back-to-back poor outings for Valdez, who allowed 11 runs across his last 6.1 innings. The 25-year-old's stint in the starting rotation may have been coming to an end regardless, considering the Astros won't require a fifth starter again until after the All-Star break. Valdez has a 4.57 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 41:19 K:BB over 45.1 major-league innings this season.
Valdez (3-3) allowed five earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three across 3.1 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Yankees.
Valdez ran into trouble through his first innings of work but allowed two home runs in the span of four batters to begin the fourth frame. He was pulled later that inning after issuing his third free pass of the game, which eventually became his fifth earned run. Valdez had been strong in two previous starts, allowing only three earned runs with 15 strikeouts across 13 innings entering Thursday's outing. He'll look to get back on track in his next start and will draw a favorable matchup Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
Valdez (3-2) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings to pick up the win Saturday against Toronto.
Valdez made his second start since taking over as Houston's fifth starter and tossed a second straight quality start. He's been aided by facing the Orioles and Blue Jays, two of the bottom three in the AL. The opposition gets harder the next time out for Valdez, who will kick off the four-game set in New York against the Yankees on Thursday.
Valdez allowed one run on five hits across seven innings but didn't factor in the decision in Saturday's loss to the Orioles. He struck out seven and walked none.
Valdez gave up a solo homer to Renato Nunez in the sixth inning but otherwise shut down the O's. The Astros' offense couldn't reward him with the win as the team mustered only four hits. It's not clear when the 25-year-old will make his next start since Houston has a pair of off days next week.
Valdez will make his first start of the season Saturday against the Orioles, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Astros made a few roster moves Tuesday, including sending starter Corbin Martin back to Triple-A Round Rock. Valdez, a minor-league starter who pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Martin on Monday, becomes Houston's No. 5 starter for the moment. The left-hander gets a soft entry against a Baltimore team that ranks 25th in MLB with a .708 OPS.
Valdez will enter the Astros' starting rotation following Corbin Martin's demotion, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez previously worked as a starter but has been used exclusively out of the bullpen in 2019. Martin had a poor start Monday and Valdez fired four scoreless innings of relief, which was apparently enough to tip the scales for another starting chance. The left-hander figures to start Saturday versus the Orioles, assuming he slides into Martin's spot in the rotation.
Valdez (2-2) earned the win Monday, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three over four innings of relief.
Valdez saved a taxed bullpen when he entered in the fourth inning to replace starter Corbin Martin, who has thrown a combined 10 innings over his last three starts. The 25-year-old left-hander has quietly put together a six-game run during which he's allowed one earned run (0.79 ERA) over 11.1 innings. While he's walking too many (4.5 BB/9), Valdez is a former starter who could emerge in that role if the Astros decide to send Martin (8.41 FIP) back to Triple-A.
Valdez allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out three over 2.1 innings in Thursday's 8-2 loss to Minnesota.
The Twins rocked starter Brad Peacock, who was gone after allowing seven runs in 3.2 innings, so Valdez was needed to provide length out of the bullpen. Since rejoining the Astros, Valdez has allowed two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out 10 over 8.2 innings. The key for the left-hander is to throw strikes, manager AJ Hinch told David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. After a shaky three-walk effort against the Rangers in his first appearance following his callup, Valdez has thrown 74 percent of his pitches for strikes (59 of 80).
Valdez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez cracked Houston's Opening Day roster but made only two appearances over the first two weeks of the season before being sent down. The 25-year-old has been a starter in the minors up until this season, and his transition to a reliever remains a bit of a work in progress.
Valdez will remain in a regimented bullpen role for the next two weeks at Triple-A Round Rock, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez was sent down to Round Rock on Thursday after making the Astros' roster as a reliever. There weren't many opportunities in Houston for Valdez, a minor-league starter who is inexperienced as a reliever. Couple that Houston's starters are getting deep into games and Valdez was wasting away in the 'pen. "Most of that is on me, just not wanting to use him as a left-handed reliever until I'm a little more confident that he's going to bounce back," manager AJ Hinch said. "We've played so many close games, and he's been a long guy for us, because we've played so many long games, I've had to keep him out of games in case we had to get to extra innings. He wasn't pitching enough." For now, the Astros have moved Brad Peacock into the long-relief role in the bullpen and called up Reymin Guduan to serve as the lefty reliever capable of getting a couple of outs when needed. That gives the organization space to acclimate Valdez to a more traditional lefty-reliever role in the minors.
Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Valdez has only appeared twice out of the bullpen this season, allowing two runs in three innings. He could be heading to the minors in order to stretch back out as a starter. A corresponding move is expected to be announced Friday.
Valdez (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Rangers.
Valdez, a minor-league starter being used as a reliever in the majors, made his season debut Tuesday when the Astros needed length after starter Justin Verlander was chased in the fifth inning. The left-hander worked a scoreless sixth inning but ran into trouble in the seventh. With the pull-happy Joey Gallo at the plate and baserunners on second and third in a tie game, the Astros could not deploy their usual shift against the slugging left-handed batter, who pulled a groundball against a traditional look into right field to plate the go-ahead runs. Valdez will continue to work in a similar role and could be deployed as a spot starter if needed.
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