Straw started in place of the injured George Springer (wrist) in Friday's extra-innings loss to the Athletics. He went 1-for-5 and batted eighth.
Springer received good news Friday when an MRI revealed he did not suffer a fracture. Houston manager Dusty Baker described Springer as day-to-day but did not offer any hints to his availability for the weekend. Straw may remain a starter in center field until Springer is ready to resume action.
Straw entered Thursday's game for an injured George Springer, who left with a strained wrist. He went 0-for-1.
Springer sustained the wrist strain in the fourth inning when he laid out to snare a line drive. He stayed in the game but eventually was removed in the seventh. Houston manager Dusty Baker was not optimistic about Springer's availability for Friday's series opener in Oakland, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, so Straw could enter the lineup in center field. He has three stolen bases in just 12 plate appearances, so there's always a chance Straw provides value as a fill-in.
Straw went 1-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases in Wednesday's 4-2 extra-innings loss to the Dodgers.
Straw started in center field in place of George Springer, who has a sore knee and entered the game 1-for-20 overall. Springer, who entered as a pinch hitter during Wednesday's game, gets the benefit of a team day off Thursday and could return in time for Friday's series opener in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Straw's biggest asset is his speed, which could be a factor for fantasy teams if he were to receive more consistent playing time.
Straw is starting in center field and batting eighth Wednesday against the Dodgers in place of George Springer (knee soreness), Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Straw, who is probably the fastest player on the team, had not made his season debut due to a hamstring issue, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. It's good to know there was a reason for his absence, as he seemed poised for a super utility role this season. If Springer needs more than Wednesday and Thursday (scheduled off day) off, Straw could continue to start in center field.
Straw is starting in center field and leading off in Sunday's intrasquad game, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
He had been absent from camp for almost a week as he awaited the results of a COVID-19 test, but he presumably tested negative and is back in game action. Straw should serve in a super-utility role this season and could be a solid source of steals, batting average and on-base percentage on a part-time basis.
Straw was unable to participate in Tuesday's workout while awaiting COVID-19 test results, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Barring a positive result, Straw is expected to be part of the Astros' 30-man active roster on Opening Day next week.
Straw has been added to the Astros' 60-man player pool.
Straw had been considered on the roster bubble during spring training, but the expanded roster makes him a likely inclusion to start the season. The question then becomes whether he remains on the active roster in the weeks following the opening of the season, when rosters are reduced from 30 to 28, then 28 to 26. Houston will have Yordan Alvarez and prospect Kyle Tucker as spare outfielders, which could preclude Straw from being on the final 26-man roster. Alvarez, however, is not good defensively and will serve as the primary designated hitter, so there might be space for Straw, who can also play the infield.
Straw is expected to serve as a reserve outfielder for the Astros, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
When the Astros traded Jake Marisnick to the Mets during the offseason, an opportunity swung wide open for Straw, who brings a few skills to the roster. His 30.1 feet-per-second sprint speed was the fourth fastest in the big leagues last season -- he also went 8-for-9 when attempting to steal -- and he's considered a good defensive replacement option. Additionally, Straw adds positional versatility. He made his first MLB appearances on the infield in 2019, playing 26 games at shortstop and four games at second base.
Straw led the Astros this spring with three home runs and tied for the team lead with five RBI. He went 9-for-21 with three walks and seven runs scored (.429/.500/.857) over 11 spring games.
Teammates lauded Straw for the way he pulled the ball during Grapefruit League action, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Known for his speed, Straw drove the ball better this spring than in the past. He will take over the spot as the fourth outfielder, a role that was occupied by Jake Marisnick in 2019, and he added shortstop to his portfolio last season.
Straw went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI in Wednesday's spring game against the Cardinals.
Straw is known for his legs, not his power, so Wednesday's show was a rare sight. The 25-year-old has a total of five home runs and 180 stolen bases over five seasons. He's had some experience in the majors, including 56 games (eight steals in nine attempts) in 2019, and is poised to become the departed Jake Marisnick's replacement. If Straw is able to secure an Opening Day roster spot, it will give the Astros a fourth outfielder with speed that also has the ability to play the infield.
Straw is not on the roster for the ALCS, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Straw was available off the bench for the ALDS, but will now miss the ALCS as the Astros added an extra arm to their bullpen. The 24-year-old did not make an appearance during the ALDS despite his pinch-running abilities.
Straw went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs Sunday in the Astros' 21-1 win over the Mariners.
Straw managed to put together a nice box-score line in only four innings' worth of action, a testament to how soundly the Astros thumped the Mariners in the series finale. The 24-year-old isn't expected to see many starts in September, but he'll likely rank as the Astros' top pinch-running option and could provide some useful stolen-base production for fantasy managers in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues.
Straw was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Straw is back with the Astros after spending the minimum 10 days in the minors. The 24-year-old, who is slashing .233/.353/.291 with seven stolen bases in 43 games with the big club this season, will likely serve as a bench bat and pinch runner for the stretch run.
Straw was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Straw's latest stay in the big leagues lasted less than a week. He's hit .233/.353/.291 in 103 plate appearances at the big-league level this season. Aledmys Diaz (head) returned from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Straw started in left field and went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
Straw, who was called up Wednesday after the Astros placed Carlos Correa (back) on the injured list, replaced a resting Michael Brantley in left field. Houston manager AJ Hinch often talks about the speed element Straw brings to the lineup, but unless another injury hits, he'll get only spot starts.
Straw was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He's starting in left field and hitting ninth against the Tigers, per David Barron of the Houston Chronicle.
Straw will provide the Astros with depth while Carlos Correa (back) is on the shelf. The 24-year-old has appeared in 40 games for the big club this season, slashing .244/.361/.305 with seven stolen bases.
Straw was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock following Tuesday's doubleheader, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
He was up as the 26th man, so this move was inevitable. Straw started in center field in Game 2 of the twin bill and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but also made a fantastic diving catch in the field. He will be back up in September at the latest.
Straw will be promoted from Triple-A Round Rock to serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Straw has pieced together a .253/.372/.316 slash line with four RBI and seven stolen bases over 39 games this season with the Astros. Houston is scheduled to play a straight doubleheader, so Straw won't officially be added to the roster until the conclusion of Game 1. He's slated to start at the keystone in the nightcap, per Rome.
Straw was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Straw had seen less playing time over the last week, only starting one of the Astros' last four games. In 39 games with the major-league club, the 24-year-old carried a slash line of .253/.372/.316 with four extra-base hits. Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini were added to the big-league roster.
Straw will start at shortstop and bat ninth Wednesday against the Athletics, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Straw has entered the lineup at shortstop in four of the Astros' last six games, but Wednesday's start could be his last in a while for the big club. The Astros plan to bring Carlos Correa (ribs) back from the 60-day injured list ahead of Friday's series opener in St. Louis and immediately install him back into an everyday role in the middle infield, leaving no room for Straw. Though Straw's elite speed -- he's gone 7-for-8 on stolen-base attempts since joining the big club -- would make him a weapon off the bench, he could be at risk of a demotion to Triple-A Round Rock to facilitate Correa's return to the active roster. Utility man Tony Kemp is the other primary candidate to cede his spot to Correa, but unlike Straw, Kemp has no minor-league options remaining.
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