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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
James (shoulder) threw 20 pitches off a mound over the weekend and felt good, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
James was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore shoulder Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
James will serve as the opener for Monday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com 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.
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