Manager Dusty Baker said James (hip) isn't being considered for the 60-day injured list since the team expects the pitcher to return in a shorter time frame, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
The 27-year-old was expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 months after undergoing hip surgery in October, and he appears headed for the front end of that recovery timeline. James still likely won't be ready for Opening Day, but it's possible he only ends up missing the first few weeks of the season.
James will be out for 6-8 months after undergoing surgery on his left hip Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
James underwent the procedure to repair a labral tear. He's seemingly a lock to miss at least some time at the start of next season, as even hitting the early end of the given timeline would see him back on the field in late April. A slower recovery could leave him out until late June. James really struggled in 17.1 innings this season, posting a 7.27 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP while walking 20.5 percent of opposing batters, though whether or not his hip was part of the problem is not clear.
James left Thursday's win over the Rays in the eighth inning with back tightness according to manager Dusty Baker, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
James got the final out of the seventh before coming out for the eighth. He allowed a game-tying home run to Ji-Man Choi and then retired the next two batters before exiting with trainers. Ryan Pressly, who was likely to enter the game in the ninth inning, got the final out of the eighth. Baker confirmed after the game that James' back tightened up, but did not discuss the reliever's availability for the remainder of the series.
James (undisclosed) will be available to pitch in the American League Wild Card Round against Minnesota, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
James has been on the 10-day injured list since Friday for unknown reasons, but skipper Dusty Baker has since disclosed that the right-hander will be available to throw in the first round of the postseason. He appeared in 13 games during the regular season, posting a 7.27 ERA and 1.85 WHIP with 21 strikeouts over 17.1 innings.
James landed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Undisclosed reasons in 2020 have often meant COVID-19, though that of course is far from guaranteed. Whatever the reason, his regular season is over, but he could potentially play a part in the playoffs. Chase De Jong was recalled in a corresponding move.
James allowed one hit and struck out three over 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his third hold in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
James still has an ugly 8.22 ERA, but the right-handed flamethrower has not allowed a run over his last three appearances. He's struck out five without a walk over four innings during the streak. The Astros' bullpen has battled injuries and inconsistency, particularly among the rookies forced into prominent roles, so it would be a boost if James has righted himself after a shaky start.
James (hip) allowed a run on a hit and two walks while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's loss to the Athletics.
James allowed a game-tying, two-run double to Tommy La Stella in the seventh inning -- one of the runs that scored was charged to Cionel Perez. The 27-year-old James has struggled with command this year, with 16 walks issued over 11.1 innings. He also has an 11.12 ERA across eight appearances (two starts), but he's expected to be deployed out of the bullpen going forward.
James (hip) was activated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 27-year-old reportedly had yet to resume throwing off a mound as recent as last Thursday, but he's apparently made significant progress in his recovery over the past week. James allowed 13 runs on 12 hits with a 13:14 K:BB over 10.2 innings before going down with the left hip issue Aug. 20.
James (hip) is throwing off flat ground but has not advanced to mound work, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
It doesn't sound like James is particularly close to returning to game action, and with a little over three weeks remaining in the regular season, it would not be surprising if he does not return this season. James came into the year as a potential high-strikeout starting pitcher who was looking to finally grab hold of one of Houston's rotation spots, but he gave up seven runs while walking 11 batters in six innings (two starts) before moving to the bullpen.
James was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with left hip discomfort, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old was lifted from Thursday's contest after suffering the injury while fielding a grounder, and he'll require at least 10 days to recover. James will be eligible to be activated for the Sept. 1 matchup against Texas, though it's unclear if he's expected to be healthy by then. Michael Brantley (quadriceps) was activated off the injured list in a corresponding move.
Astros manager Dusty Baker indicated that James was removed from Thursday's 10-8 win over the Rockies due to left hip discomfort, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
James appeared to suffer the injury while fielding the final out of the sixth inning. He recorded three outs in the appearance, but not before giving up a run on two hits and a walk. The Astros are labeling James as day-to-day for now, but he'll presumably be re-evaluated ahead of this weekend's series in San Diego.
James is dealing with left hip discomfort, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
James had to be helped off the field during Thursday's win against the Rockies, and manager Dusty Baker revealed after the game that he suffered a left hip injury. It's unclear whether his availability will be impacted in the coming days.
James exited Thursday's game against the Rockies with an apparent left leg injury, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
As James was fielding a groundball for the final out of the sixth inning Thursday, he appeared to suffer a left leg injury. He appeared to be in considerable pain. The right-hander had to be helped off the field by trainers and was replaced in the bottom of the seventh inning. It's unclear when he'll be able to take the mound again.
James walked one and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning to earn a hold in Monday's 2-1 win over Colorado.
James is back in the bullpen after two shaky starts to open the season. He's adjusting to life as a reliever and has earned holds in two consecutive outings. James, who still harbors the belief that he's a starter, continues to mix all four of his pitches as a reliever, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. James relies heavily on the fastball, which he's thrown 59 percent of the time, and the slider (24 percent). In shorter bullpen outings, his devastating fastball velocity has ticked up.
James appears to be ticketed for a bullpen role, as he's not listed as a starter for any of the Astros' next five games, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
James struggled in his first two starts of the season, striking out nine batters in six innings but walking 11 and allowing seven earned runs. Brandon Bielak and Framber Valdez will move into starting roles in his place. The Astros' pitching staff has been decimated by injuries in both the rotation and the bullpen, so James should have a chance to pitch some high-leverage innings, though he certainly hasn't earned that kind of role thus far this year.
James allowed four runs on one hit and six walks across three innings Sunday, striking out four batters in the win over the Angels. He did not factor in the decision.
James was wildly ineffective Sunday, throwing just 33 of his 75 pitches for strikes. While he allowed only one hit, that hit was a towering grand slam by Albert Pujols in the third inning. In two starts, James owns a 10.50 ERA with 11 walks in just six innings. He'll try to turn things around in Oakland on Saturday.
James allowed three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out five over three innings in a no-decision Monday versus the Mariners.
James needed 75 pitches to get through three innings, and only 39 of them were strikes. In 2019, James pitched to a 4.70 ERA and 1.32 WHIP across 61.1 innings in a relief role. The Astros' rotation is looking sparse with Justin Verlander (forearm) unavailable, so James may be needed to help fill the void. The 27-year-old right-hander's next start is expected to come Sunday on the road versus the Angels.
James was scratched from his scheduled start in an exhibition game against the Royals on Tuesday due to potential adverse weather conditions, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Houston manager Dusty Baker was reticent to allow James to pitch and only get in a couple of innings due to rain, so the manager scratched the flame-throwing right-hander. James will pitch a simulated game Wednesday in preparation for a scheduled start at home next Monday against the Mariners.
James will be in the starting rotation, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Astros manager Dusty Baker confirmed the news Sunday. James will slot in at No. 4 in the rotation, following Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers and Zack Greinke. Baker confirmed that's the order for the first four games of the season. James had reported to camp late due to the birth of a child, but he kept in pitching shape and most recently threw 64 pitches in his first outing since joining summer camp.
James threw 64 pitches during an intrasquad game Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
James made his first summer camp start since joining the team, after he was away attending the birth of his daughter. As indicated upon his return and evidenced by the 64 pitches he threw Thursday, James kept his arm in shape while away from the team. "I felt like I did a lot of good things today. There's a couple of pitches I wish I could have gotten back," said the right-hander. "There are some things I wish I would have been able to do a little bit better with command at times. First time out in a game setting for me in a long time, I thought I threw really well." Thursday's session suggests he'll be ready to take the ball as Houston's No. 4 starter when the regular season starts.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/15||vs TB||W 4-3||1.0||2||1||0||0|
|10/13||vs TB||L 2-5||2.0||0||0||0||3|
|10/07||vs OAK||L 7-9||1.0||3||3||1||0|
|09/22||@ SEA||W 6-1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/19||vs ARI||W 3-2||1.0||0||0||1||0|
|09/17||vs TEX||W 2-1||1.2||1||0||0||3|
|09/16||vs TEX||L 0-1||1.0||1||0||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||116.1||24||18||0||7||4||1||89||41||102||2.64||1.232|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||76.0||21||11||0||4||8||3||72||32||79||4.38||1.461|
|2018||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||21.2||6||4||0||0||0||1||38||10||17||2.55||1.274|
|2019||AAA-Round Rock Express||3.1||3||0||0||0||0||0||5||2||4||11.61||1.935|