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September 25, 2020 06:28 PM
Astros' Josh James: Out for undisclosed reasons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James landed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons Friday, Brian McTaggart of 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.

September 18, 2020 07:40 AM
Astros' Josh James: Earns hold Thursday
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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.

September 10, 2020 12:36 AM
Astros' Josh James: Charged with blown save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 9, 2020 07:56 PM
Astros' Josh James: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 3, 2020 01:00 PM
Astros' Josh James: Not yet throwing off mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 22, 2020 10:36 PM
Astros' Josh James: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with left hip discomfort, Brian McTaggart of 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.

August 20, 2020 08:36 PM
Astros' Josh James: Dealing with hip discomfort
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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.

August 20, 2020 07:24 PM
Astros' Josh James: Dealing with hip issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 21, 2020 04:08 AM
Astros' Josh James: Leaves game with injury
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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.

August 18, 2020 04:12 PM
Astros' Josh James: Picks up second hold
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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 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.

August 5, 2020 05:00 PM
Astros' Josh James: Bound for bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 3, 2020 03:36 AM
Astros' Josh James: Walks six in shaky outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 27, 2020 10:24 PM
Astros' Josh James: Lacks command versus M's
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 22, 2020 01:00 PM
Astros' Josh James: Scratched due to weather
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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 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.

July 20, 2020 07:56 AM
Astros' Josh James: Wins rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James will be in the starting rotation, Brian McTaggart of 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.

July 17, 2020 08:40 AM
Astros' Josh James: Has first camp outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James threw 64 pitches during an intrasquad game Thursday, Brian McTaggart of 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.

July 13, 2020 06:40 PM
Astros' Josh James: Will be ready to start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James has already built up to 75-80 pitches and expects to be ready to handle a starter's workload from the start of the season, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

James was unable to report to camp until Monday, though it was for a far better reason than the coronavirus-related issues which have kept players off the field across the league, as he was absent for the birth of his second child, a daughter born Thursday. As he's been healthy while away from the team, he's been able to get his pitch count up and doesn't appear to be behind his teammates. He's a strong candidate to open the year in the rotation, especially with Jose Urquidy (undisclosed) hitting the injured list Sunday.

July 13, 2020 05:32 PM
Astros' Josh James: Reports to camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

James (personal) reported to Astros camp Monday, Brian McTaggart of reports.

A family matter had kept the righty out of the early part of camp. He was considered to be in contention for a rotation spot this year, though it would be a surprise to see him handle a true starter's workload right away due to his abbreviated buildup period even if he does indeed wind up in the rotation. All but one of his 49 appearances last season came out of the bullpen. His 4.70 ERA wasn't impressive, and his 13.2 percent walk rate was quite poor, but his 37.6 percent strikeout rate hinted at his considerable potential.

July 12, 2020 04:36 PM
Astros' Josh James: Expected at camp this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astros manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that he expects James (personal) to report to summer camp within the next couple of days, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.

James' arrival at camp has been delayed while he tends to a personal matter, putting him behind his fellow starting pitchers as Opening Day approaches. Assuming James is back in the fold within the next few days, he should still be in decent position to emerge from camp with a back-end spot in the rotation, especially with Jose Urquidy (undisclosed) having yet to report. Due to his late start to summer camp, James is likely to face a restricted pitch count in his first start of 2020.

July 5, 2020 10:16 PM
Astros' Josh James: Dealing with family matter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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