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Astros' Jeremy Pena: Dealing with neck stiffness
Pena was removed from the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox due to neck stiffness, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Pena was removed from Monday's lineup just over an hour before the start of the game, but he doesn't consider his neck injury serious and said that he's day-to-day. Mauricio Dubon is starting at shortstop and leading off.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jeremy Pena: Scratched from Monday's lineup
Pena was scratched from Monday's lineup against the White Sox for an undisclosed reason, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Pena was initially slated to start at shortstop and lead off Monday, and it's not yet clear whether an injury led to his removal from the lineup. Mauricio Dubon will take his place at shortstop while also leading off during the series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jose Altuve: Gets breather Monday
Altuve isn't starting Monday against the White Sox, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Altuve will get a breather after he went 2-for-10 with two doubles, two RBI, a run, three walks and a strikeout over the last three games. Aledmys Diaz is shifting to second base while Trey Mancini serves as the designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Ryan Pressly: Picks up save
Pressly (neck) picked up the save in Sunday's 6-3 victory over the Athletics, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out none and walking none over two-thirds of an inning.
Pressly needed just six pitches to get the save, his 23rd of the season. He is 2-for-2 in chances this month. The righty has not allowed an earned run in his last four appearances, and has allowed just two earned runs in his last 12.2 innings pitched. His ERA now sits at 2.86 to go along with 43 strikeouts and a 0.95 WHIP.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Cristian Javier: Strikes out six batters
Javier (7-8) earned the win against Oakland on Sunday, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out six and walking three over six innings.
Javier was lights out in the contest, throwing 63 of 97 pitches for strikes across six frames and only allowing one hit. After reaching six or more innings four times in 16 starts prior to this month, Javier now has three such games in August alone. All three games, including Sunday's, have resulted in quality starts. The stellar outing improved Javier's ERA to 2.96, which he will take into his next appearance.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Alex Bregman: Hits two-run homer
Bregman went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-3 win over Oakland.
Bregman launched a two-run shot in the first inning that scored Yordan Alvarez, then doubled home Jeremy Pena in the seventh. Bregman now has home runs in back-to-back games and in three of his last four games. He extended his hit streak to six games, which also includes three two-hit games. The third baseman has a .400 batting average for the month and a .258 average for the season.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Martin Maldonado: Not in Sunday's lineup
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
Maldonado has a .917 OPS with two home runs and seven RBI through eight games in August as he's maintained the starting role behind the plate despite the acquisition of Christian Vazquez at the trade deadline. However, Vazquez will enter the lineup Sunday and form a battery with Cristian Javier.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Out of Sunday's lineup
Diaz is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Oakland.
Diaz has an .806 OPS in August but will sit for the second consecutive game Sunday. The 32-year-old may not be an everyday player down the stretch, but he should still see regular action, especially in left field, with Michael Brantley (shoulder) out for the season. Chas McCormick will start in left and bat seventh in the series finale versus the A's.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Yuli Gurriel: Takes seat Sunday
Gurriel is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
Gurriel is 6-for-12 with a double, an RBI and four runs over the past three games but will head to the bench Sunday. Trey Mancini will step in at first base and bat sixth in the series finale versus Oakland.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Pitches well in season debut
McCullers (1-0) earned the win against Oakland on Saturday, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out five and walking four across six innings.
McCullers showed a little rust in his season debut after returning from the IL, but he still managed to pitch well enough to win. He threw 47 of 81 pitches for strikes and walked four batters but also allowed only two hits and struck out five. The outing resulted in a quality start for the righty.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Alex Bregman: Launches two-run homer
Bregman went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Athletics.
Bregman kicked off the scoring in Saturday's game with a two-run shot that scored Yordan Alvarez. It was Bregman's 15th of the season and his second this month. The homer was his only hit in the game, but it extended his hit streak to five games. The third baseman has only one game this month without a hit and has just three strikeouts in August, resulting in a .389 batting average for the month. Since Aug. 2, Bregman has improved his season batting average from .243 to .256.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Drew Gilbert: Carted off field
Gilbert was carted off the field after crashing into the outfield wall while playing for Single-A Fayetteville on Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The nature of Gilbert's injury is not yet clear, though he was seen wearing a cast on his arm while exiting the field. Given the mode of his exit, it seems as though the injury may be a fairly severe one, but the Astros have yet to specify when he's expected to return.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jake Meyers: Sits again Saturday
Meyers will not start Saturday's game against Oakland, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Meyers had been serving as the Astros' primary center fielder, but he's now been on the bench for two consecutive games and for three of the last four contests. His .218/.260/.328 slash line in 37 games this season doesn't make a very good case that he should be an everyday regular for a team with World Series aspirations. Chas McCormick will be the center fielder Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Out of lineup
Diaz will sit Saturday against Oakland, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Diaz should continue to play frequently in left field down the stretch after Michael Brantley underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Trey Mancini will occupy that spot Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Christian Vazquez: Not in starting nine
Vazquez will sit Saturday against Oakland, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Vazquez doesn't appear to have claimed the starting catcher job just yet after moving to Houston at the deadline, as he's now been on the bench for three of the last four games. Martin Maldonado will make another start behind the plate Saturday.... See More ... See Less
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