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39 Josh James RP

Houston Astros

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July 5, 2020 10:16 PM
Astros' Josh James: Dealing with family matter
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James has been dealing with a family matter and has yet to attend summer camp, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Houston manager Dusty Baker said James could join the team soon. When he does arrive, James will be part of the competition for the No. 5 starter job.

July 5, 2020 04:16 PM
Astros' Josh James: Not in camp yet
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James hasn't yet reported to summer camp due to a personal matter, Brian McTaggart of reports.

James, who is the leading candidate for the No. 5 starter job, joins projected No. 4 starter Jose Urquidy (undisclosed) as players not yet in camp. "We're still counting on them," manager Dusty Baker said about the pitchers. "We've got time. Those guys were working out. They were getting pretty well stretched out. They'll be here shortly, hopefully." Should either player (or both) continue to be absent, the Astros would look to Bryan Abreu, Austin Pruitt or Framber Valdez as back-of-the-rotation fill-ins.

March 11, 2020 08:08 AM
Astros' Josh James: Hits first spring hurdle
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James allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings in Tuesday's split-squad game against the Braves.

James had been brilliant through his first two spring appearances but faced a challenge in his third. The walks, a bane during his career, were the first permitted in Grapefruit League action. Despite the results, James likely has the inside track on the No. 5 spot in the rotation. With Justin Verlander's lat injury popping up over the weekend, the Astros are looking for two starters, so James appears to be ticketed for the rotation come Opening Day.

March 6, 2020 08:44 PM
Astros' Josh James: Spring success continues
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James allowed one hit and struck out two over three scoreless innings in Thursday's spring game against the Red Sox.

James faced the minimum of nine batters thanks to a caught stealing, and he remains unscored upon in Grapefruit League action in 2020. He has not walked a batter in five spring innings, a glaring improvement on the 5.1 BB/9 he posted in the majors last season. "I was just trying to be in the zone with my heater early and get strike one and try to induce soft contact," James told Brian McTaggart of "I don't want to be a guy that comes in and tries to let it eat for however many innings. I want to be able to pitch and go deep into games." James is competing for the No. 5 starter job and thus far, it looks like he'll get a chance to get stretched out this spring.

February 29, 2020 03:40 PM
Astros' Josh James: Encouraging spring debut
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James retired all six batters he faced and struck out three over two innings in Friday's game against the Marlins.

James, who piggy-backed on starter Zack Greinke, was impressive in his spring debut. The Astros are considering James among three pitchers for their final rotation spot, so don't be concerned that he came on in relief, as James is still in the mix for the No. 5 starter. The hard-throwing right-hander touched 97 mph and threw 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes. An important goal is to be in the zone more, and James was able to execute that over his two innings. The challenge is to build off Friday's outing as his pitch count rises and to maintain his delivery over five or six innings.

February 19, 2020 11:36 AM
Astros' Josh James: In mix for rotation spot
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Astros pitching coach Brent Strom said Tuesday that James is one of three legitimate candidates for the No. 5 starter spot, along with Austin Pruitt and Framber Valdez, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

All but one of James' 49 appearances with Houston last season came out of the bullpen, and it looked like the ship might have sailed on him as a starter entering his age-27 season. However, the organization "completely revamped" James' delivery in the offseason, per Rome, and the Astros hope those changes lead to improved command. The right-hander has an electric arm and has flashed a big strikeout punch; he easily has the highest upside among the candidates Strom named.

February 16, 2020 10:48 AM
Astros' Josh James: Looking like starter
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James threw a bullpen session Friday from a full windup, indicating the Astros plan to stretch him out as a starter this spring, Brian McTaggart of reports.

James entered spring training last year as a candidate to start, but a right quadriceps injury put the kibosh on those plans. He eventually won a job as a reliever, a role in which he often pitched from the stretch. "Right now, I'm not feeling too comfortable out of the windup because I've been primarily in the stretch, especially being a reliever all year last year, so just some stuff to work out of the windup to get comfortable," he said. The right-hander's high-velocity fastball was in full effect in 2019, when he posted 14.7 K/9, whiffing batters at a healthy 37.6 percent clip, including a 16.2 swinging-strike percentage. Trimming his walk rate (5.1 BB/9) will be one order for business, as they became problematic due to an elevated home run rate (1.5 HR/9).

January 12, 2020 10:44 AM
Astros' Josh James: Competing for rotation in camp
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James will compete for the fifth spot in the Astros' rotation during spring training, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

James will be one of a group of five that the Astros are considering for the rotation. He'll join Brad Peacock, Framber Valdez, Forrest Whitley and Cristian Javier in that mix. James excelled at times working out of the bullpen, posting a sterling 14.7 K/9, and could resume that role in 2020.

October 4, 2019 12:08 PM
Astros' Josh James: On playoff roster
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James is on the Astros' playoff roster.

James recorded an excellent 37.6 percent strikeout rate this season, though that came with a 13.2 percent walk rate and a 4.70 ERA. Still, it's enough to early him a role in the bullpen for the first round of the playoffs. James average 3.8 outs per appearance this season and could pitch multiple innings should any of the Astros' aces unexpectedly falter.

September 13, 2019 12:12 PM
Astros' Josh James: Doesn't have it Wednesday
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James (5-1) allowed four runs on three hits and failed to retire a batter Wednesday, taking the loss against Oakland.

James had pitched well since his return from the injured list, striking out 10 over four innings in three relief appearances. He looked like an answer to the team's quest for bullpen stability, but that faded away with Wednesday's outing. When he's right, James' fastball/slider combo can miss many bats, but none of his 14 offerings were swung upon and missed as deception and command were not present.

September 6, 2019 02:56 AM
Astros' Josh James: Fans five in win
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James (5-0) allowed one run and struck out five over two innings to pick up the win in extra innings over Seattle on Thursday.

James, who entered to start the 12th inning and ceded a home run to Kyle Seager, was spared the loss when rookie Kyle Tucker tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. He then dominated the Mariners in the 13th, fanning all three batters, putting him in place for the win when Michael Brantley hit a two-run, walkoff homer. Since returning from the injured list, James has fanned eight and walked two over three innings. If he can maintain consistent command, James has the high-velocity fastball to be a bullpen weapon for the Astros.

September 2, 2019 08:40 PM
Astros' Josh James: Closes out Milwaukee
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James walked two and struck out three over one inning to record his first save in Monday's 3-2 extra-inning win over Milwaukee.

James got the chance after Robert Osuna couldn't hold Houston's one-run lead in the ninth. For James, it was his first appearance since being activated off the injured list, and he had mixed results while throwing just 13 of 23 pitches for strikes. He put in work during rehab to improve command, but he walked the first batter faced on four pitches and had men on first and second with one out. Manager AJ Hinch stuck with James, who fanned Christian Yelich on four sliders and Hernan Perez on three fastballs.

September 2, 2019 08:12 AM
Astros' Josh James: Works on cleaner delivery
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James worked to shorten the arm swing of his delivery while working his way back from a shoulder injury in the minors, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

James has walked 31 batters over 51.1 innings in the majors, and the Astros felt his inconsistent command was due to a long arm swing. "Just shortened up my arm swing a little bit just to kind of help me sync up a little bit," James said. "The longer delivery just led to some inconsistency. Now that I've shortened up, I'm able to be around the (strike) zone a little bit more, leverage some stuff and leverage my offspeed and feel better." James was activated off the injured list Sunday but was not needed in Justin Verlander's no-hitter. We'll have to wait to see the shortened delivery.

September 1, 2019 07:28 PM
Astros' Josh James: Activated off IL
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James (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.

The Astros were encouraged by James' scoreless, two-inning stint Thursday, when he struck out three and walked one. He could add innings and high-volume strikeouts in a middle-relief role for a team whose bullpen ranks third with a 3.80 ERA.

August 30, 2019 05:28 PM
Astros' Josh James: Will return Sunday
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James (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

James made his third rehab appearance Thursday, surrendering a run on a hit while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning. He's shown the Astros that he's returned to health and will be reinstated from the IL on Sunday when rosters expand.

August 29, 2019 11:40 PM
Astros' Josh James: Third rehab outing on tap
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James (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

James is expected to throw multiple innings during what will be his third rehab appearance with Round Rock, and if everything goes off without a hitch, it sounds like he'll be cleared to rejoin the Astros when rosters expand Sunday. Prior to landing on the injured list, the right-hander posted a 4.73 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 80:31 K:BB in 51.1 innings.

August 28, 2019 12:44 PM
Astros' Josh James: Could return Sept. 1
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James (shoulder) will make a multi-inning relief appearance for Triple-A Round Rock this week, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Astros are optimistic this could be the final rehab appearance for James, who is expected to return to the majors Sept. 1 when rosters expand. James has made a couple of appearances thus far while on rehab, the most recent one coming Monday. "He was good," manager AJ Hinch said. "He was able to get through his inning and he feels good. Another calendar day and another achievement of getting another outing where he was pain-free. Obviously he's working on execution things -- he was not perfect, but he was healthy which is really key for him."

August 21, 2019 06:56 PM
Astros' Josh James: Beginning rehab Thursday
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James (shoulder) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

James has been sidelined since July 23 due to shoulder soreness but is finally ready for game action. Assuming everything goes off without a hitch during his rehab stint, James should rejoin the Astros around the end of August or beginning of September.

August 20, 2019 06:24 PM
Astros' Josh James: Won't return until September
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James (shoulder) isn't expected to return from the 10-day injured list until September, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

James has been on the injured list since July 23 due to shoulder soreness, and although he's since resumed throwing off a mound, the Astros don't expect him back with the big-league club until September. He figures to require at least a few minor-league outings prior to his activation.

August 13, 2019 03:56 PM
Astros' Josh James: Throws 20 pitches off mound
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James (shoulder) threw 20 pitches off a mound over the weekend and felt good, Brian McTaggart of reports.

The next step will be to increase the intensity of his throwing. He seems to be on track to return in late August, or, more likely, in early September.

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