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39 Josh James RP

Houston Astros

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August 13, 2019 03:56 PM
Astros' Josh James: Throws 20 pitches off mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 6, 2019 06:28 PM
Astros' Josh James: Could throw off mound next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James (shoulder) could be throwing off a mound next week, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

He has relocated to West Palm Beach to continue his rehab. General manager Jeff Luhnow said last week that the hope is for James to return to the big-league bullpen around mid-August, but it now seems more likely that he returns in late August if all goes according to plan. James had a pretty rough start to the season as he transitioned to a full-time relief role in the majors, but he has a 3.68 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 36.2 innings (28 games) since May 1.

July 28, 2019 05:08 PM
Astros' Josh James: Out until mid-August
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Jeff Luhnow said Sunday that he expects James (shoulder) to remain on the 10-day injured list until around mid-August, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

James was diagnosed with a sore shoulder and moved to the 10-day injured list Tuesday, two days after he saw his velocity drop off dramatically during a relief appearance against the Rangers. While it doesn't sound like James is dealing with any structural issues with his arm, he'll nonetheless need some extra time to rest up before resuming a throwing program. Houston should be able to pinpoint a more specific target date for James' return from the IL once he starts throwing off a mound again.

July 23, 2019 05:28 PM
Astros' Josh James: Heads to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore shoulder Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of reports.

James' fastball velocity dropped significantly in his most recent appearance Sunday against the Rangers, and an injury was unsurprisingly to blame. The severity of the problem isn't entirely clear, but he'll sit for at least 10 days. Cy Sneed was called up to take his place in the bullpen.

July 22, 2019 06:52 PM
Astros' Josh James: Temporarily unavailable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James (arm) likely won't pitch for the next day or two, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

James experienced a significant dip in his fastball velocity during his appearance Sunday, though the right-hander downplayed the issue afterwards, chalking it up to general arm soreness as a result of his increased workload coming out of the All-Star break. As such, he's expected to get at least a day or two to rest and recover.

July 21, 2019 04:16 PM
Astros' Josh James: Velocity way down Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James' fastball velocity dipped significantly in Sunday's appearance against the Rangers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The hard-throwing righty typically averages around 98 mph with his fastball, but he threw an 89.7 mph fastball and a 91.8 mph fastball that was hit for a home run by Nomar Mazara before he was pulled in favor of Collin McHugh. He is likely dealing with an arm injury.

July 20, 2019 09:44 AM
Astros' Josh James: Works eighth inning in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in a scoreless eighth inning to pick up his third hold in Friday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.

James recorded his fifth straight scoreless appearance, a stretch during which he's struck out eight and walked two over six innings. The eighth inning of a close game is typically a spot for Ryan Pressly, but he had pitched the previous two nights (38 pitches) and was presumably unavailable. The decision to go with James is notable because it occurred days after manager AJ Hinch lauded the right-hander's recent work. Pressly will remain the primary setup man for closer Roberto Osuna, but the manager's growing confidence in James is evident by using him as the eighth-inning bridge with Pressly unavailable.

July 15, 2019 08:52 AM
Astros' Josh James: Makes adjustment in delivery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Astros identified an adjustment to James' delivery which has produced significant improvement over the last four games, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

James had a dominant outing Saturday when he struck out four over two innings to earn his fourth win of the season. Since a four-run debacle in Colorado on July 2, he's struck out 10 with a 1.80 ERA over five innings. "This is like three or four outings in a row for him that he's been very dominant," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "[The adjustment's] got him downhill a little bit. When he's exerting that much energy downhill and the fastball's jumping like that, and his secondary stuff is really good, and he pitches ahead, he's really hard to hit." James will serve as the opener for Monday's game against the Angels.

July 14, 2019 07:08 PM
Astros' Josh James: To open Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James will serve as the opener for Monday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of reports.

James is slated to hurl the first inning or so before making way for Framber Valdez, who has been named the primary pitcher. This marks James' first appearance as an opener in 2019.

July 14, 2019 10:00 AM
Astros' Josh James: Earns fourth win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James (4-0) pitched two scoreless relief innings and struck out four to pick up the win Saturday against the Rangers.

The four punchouts gives James 76 strikeouts over 47.2 innings (14.3 K/9). The Astros and Rangers engaged in a second straight game that featured multiple lead changes, putting James in a position for a decision. He worked the ninth and 10th innings for the 10th scoreless outing over his last 13 appearances. That seems like effective pitching, but the 26-year-old right-hander has been touched for a 4.20 ERA during that run. When James fails, he tends to fail epically.

July 3, 2019 02:12 PM
Astros' Josh James: Fails first Coors Field test
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James surrendered five runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out one in 1.1 innings of relief Tuesday in the Astros' 9-8 win over the Rockies.

Though starter Jose Urquidy lasted just 3.2 innings before getting pulled in his MLB debut, James still entered the contest with Houston holding a 5-3 lead. James squandered that advantaged in the bottom of the fifth, allowing five consecutive baserunners before snuffing out the threat, but not before the Rockies had already scored four times. The Houston offense was able to bail James out and spare him a loss, but the poor showing won't help his efforts to gain a more prominent role in the bullpen or receive serious consideration for a rotation spot coming out of the All-Star break.

June 13, 2019 01:16 AM
Astros' Josh James: Dealing with lat tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James was removed from Wednesday's 14-inning loss to the Brewers with lat tightness, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

James struck out the side during the 11th inning and may have returned for another frame after throwing only 13 pitches, but he showed a bit of discomfort on the mound and made his exit. The 26-year-old downplayed the injury after the game and will have Thursday's scheduled off day to recover before this weekend's series versus the Blue Jays.

June 3, 2019 07:04 AM
Astros' Josh James: Picks up third win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James (3-0) struck out three over two innings to earn the victory in Sunday's 6-4 extra-innings win over the Athletics.

It hasn't always been pretty for James, whose 4.78 ERA can attest, but the 26-year-old with a live fastball racks up the strikeouts. The three he rung up Sunday gives him 49 over 32 innings (13.8 K/9).

May 18, 2019 11:20 PM
Astros' Josh James: Records first win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James (1-0) picked up the win in Saturday's 7-3 victory over the Red Sox, walking one and striking out two over three scoreless innings of relief.

He entered the game in the fifth inning after Corbin Martin put the first two baserunners aboard, and after loading the bases with one out, James fanned Xander Bogaerts and got Rafael Devers to ground out to end the threat. The fireballing right-hander has now reeled off six straight scoreless appearances, posting a 14:4 K:BB in 10 innings over that stretch as he works his way back into more high-leverage work following a rough April.

May 5, 2019 04:04 PM
Astros' Josh James: Mops up Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James (back) struck out one in a perfect ninth inning in relief Saturday in the Astros' 14-2 win over the Angels.

James had dealt with some minor discomfort in his previous outing Tuesday in Minnesota, but he progressed enough to make the trip with the Astros to Mexico for the two-game weekend series in Monterrey. The Astros were able to ease James back into their bullpen with a low-leverage appearance in a blowout. With no apparent complications during that outing, James could gradually work his way up the bullpen pecking order.

May 2, 2019 06:40 AM
Astros' Josh James: Likely unavailable Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager AJ Hinch said he would try not to use James (back) against the Twins on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of reports.

James experienced some back discomfort during his scoreless appearance Tuesday, though he was able to play catch with no issues Wednesday and appears to be fine. Still, it sounds like the Astros would like to avoid using the right-hander, if possible.

April 17, 2019 07:40 AM
Astros' Josh James: Rebounds after shaky stretch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James struck out three, walked one and hit a batter over two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Athletics.

James has made headlines for all the wrong reasons, so this low-leverage outing represents a rebound for the 25-year-old. He entered Tuesday having allowed three home runs, seven runs, five hits and five walks over his previous four outings. The right-hander is being challenged to harness his fastball and will continue that process in similar low-risk situations. James has whiffed 14 batters over 10 innings (12.6 K/9).

April 4, 2019 06:16 PM
Astros' Josh James: Fans four in mop-up duty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James allowed one run on two hits and struck out four over two innings in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Rangers.

James cleaned up the final innings of another listless performance by Houston's offense, which wasted another fine effort by a starter. The young right-hander has made three appearances out of the Astros' bullpen, striking out nine in five innings. Houston's doldrums are not expected to last, so the need for James' length, which has produced a significant strikeout rate, should not be as acute.

March 25, 2019 10:52 AM
Astros' Josh James: Wins bullpen job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James earned a spot in the Astros' bullpen for Opening Day, Brian McTaggart of reports.

James lost out on his chance to make the starting rotation due to a right quad strain, and he didn't make his spring debut until March 16. The 26-year-old allowed three hits and three walks while recording one strikeout over 3.1 spring innings. James figures to slot into a middle relief role.

March 16, 2019 10:52 PM
Astros' Josh James: Makes spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James (quadriceps) allowed a hit and walked one in a scoreless inning Saturday against Philadelphia.

James made his spring debut after being derailed by a strained right quadriceps muscle early in camp. His velocity lived in the mid-90s and occasionally reached the high-90s, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros plan to give him more innings in his next outing, Dawn Klemish of reports. The injury dashed James' chance to claim a rotation spot but the possibility of serving as a reliever has been discussed. If he doesn't make the Opening Day roster in the bullpen, James will be a starter in the minors, so manager AJ Hinch needs to get him stretched out a bit. "We think [James] is a starter this season at some point," Hinch said. "And in order to do that, I'm going to have to not fall into the trap of only using him in one-inning outings."

Situational Stats
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vs LHB 24.000 5.2501939
vs RHB 27.100 4.2801241
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Pitching Stats
2018HOU20 2.35630000 23.0156632729
2019HOU40 4.733910001 51.1362927833180
Total 60 4.004540001 74.151353311538109
Batting Stats
2018HOU6000000000 --- --- ---
2019HOU39000000000 --- --- ---
Total 45000000000 --- --- ---
Fielding Stats
Total  454514011.000
More Pitching Stats
2018HOU01523 0.7410000 .18391 9.4 .3410
2019HOU02743 0.6572005 .194220 12.3 .3601
Total 04266 0.6882005 .190311 11.4 .3541
Postseason Pitching Stats
2018HOU01 7.71200000 4.26441027
Total 01 7.71200000 4.26441027
Minor League Pitching Stats
2014R-Greeneville Astros13 2.72136000 39.2351312031545
2015AFX-Quad Cities River Ba74 2.632418001116.110243342164189
2016AFA-Lancaster JetHawks95 4.812319001110.1120645911940121
2017AA-Corpus Christi Hooks48 4.382111003 76.0794837173272

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Houston Astros

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