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Astros' Will Harris: Records save Saturday
Harris closed out Saturday's game against the Angels, walking one and striking out one in one inning to record his first save of the season.
Presumably, Roberto Osuna was unavailable after pitching the previous two games and five of the last six. With Ryan Pressly (knee) unavailable, Harris and Hector Rondon have moved into the eighth-inning bridge role. For the season, Harris has a 1.68 ERA with 22 holds.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Aaron Sanchez: May return as reliever
Sanchez (pectoral) has not yet resumed throwing and will not return until September, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Given the time Sanchez will need to build up, the club is unsure if he will return as a starter or reliever. The Astros will call up Framber Valdez to take Sanchez's spot in the rotation Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Framber Valdez: Tabbed to start Sunday
Valdez will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to start Sunday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Valdez was previously a candidate to start Saturday's contest, but he'll instead take the mound in the series finale. The 25-year-old has a 5.58 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 45:26 K:BB over 50 major-league innings this season.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Hector Rondon: Slides into Pressly's role
Rondon allowed a solo home run but picked up a hold in Friday's 5-4 win over the Angels.
Rondon entered the game in the eighth inning, the usual landing spot for Ryan Pressly, who is on the injured list with a knee injury. Rondon had been part of the back end of the bullpen in 2018 before the Astros acquired Pressly and Roberto Osuna, so he was a natural fill-in for a setup role.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Will be reassessed Monday
Diaz (head) will play two games over the weekend for Triple-A Round Rock and could be activated for Tuesday's series opener against the Rays, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The plan calls for Diaz to play one game of the Express's doubleheader Saturday and another game Sunday. He'll play some at first base, third base and shortstop before he's evaluated Monday. The utility infielder got dizzy and light-headed on the team bus last week en route to Oakland, but the team's medical staff found nothing wrong with Diaz.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Yuli Gurriel: Blasts 26th homer
Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 5-4 win over the Angels on Friday.
His fifth-inning shot off Noe Ramirez put the Astros in the lead for good. Gurriel is slashing .329/.390/.671 with six long balls and a massive 23 RBI through 19 games in August, and the 35-year-old continues to pad his career-high totals of 26 homers and 91 RBI on the year.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Roberto Osuna: Nails down 31st save
Osuna struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his 31st save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Angels.
The right-hander is on a roll, notching saves in five straight appearances without allowing a run. On the year, Osuna is now 31-for-36 on save chances with a 2.73 ERA and 55:9 K:BB through 52.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Zack Greinke: Still undefeated with Houston
Greinke (14-4) picked up the win in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Angels, allowing three runs (two earned) on 10 hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out only one.
The right-hander was far from dominant, managing only six swinging strikes out of 96 pitches (63 total strikes) on the night, but he was able to avoid any serious damage despite all the balls in play. Greinke has yet to lose in an Astros uniform, going 4-0 in four starts, and he'll carry an overall 2.83 ERA and 150:28 K:BB through 171.2 innings into his next outing Thursday, at home against the Rays.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Headed for rehab stint
Diaz (head) will play with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday and Sunday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Diaz was given the green light to take batting practice and participate in some fielding work Wednesday, and the Astros will send him to Round Rock over the weekend. He was placed on the injured list Sunday after experiencing lightheadedness and dizziness and will be eligible to be reinstated for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Sitting Friday
Alvarez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez will take a seat for the series opener after starting the last 23 contests and posting a 1.149 OPS with eight homers, 22 RBI and 18 walks. George Springer will serve as the designed hitter Friday while Jake Marisnick starts in center field.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Cristian Javier: Promoted to Triple-A
Javier was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.
A 22-year-old righty, Javier has really impressive minor-league numbers, but his future role is still up in the air. He has a 1.75 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 154 strikeouts in 102.2 innings across stops at High-A and Double-A, but he also has 55 walks and has averaged less than five innings per appearance. He certainly has a future in the big leagues, but shaky command/control could force him to the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Abraham Toro: HItless in debut
Toro went 0-for-4 in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Tigers.
Toro's contract was selected from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, and the organization's third-ranked prospect was immediately put to work. The 22-year-old infielder, who started the season as a non-roster invitee to spring training, had a breakout season at Double-A Corpus Christi before a recent promotion to Triple-A Round Rock. He provides the Astros with the same versatility as Jack Mayfield or Myles Straw but brings more offensive upside. Toro will have an opportunity to get everyday at-bats while Carlos Correa (back) and Aledmys Diaz (head) are sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Carlos Correa: Has encouraging MRI
Correa underwent an MRI exam Thursday that showed no structural damage to his back, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports.
That encouraging news has Correa confident he can return to the lineup in short order after an injury to the same area in 2018 limited him to 110 games. He's shut down for the next few days while undergoing treatment, but the shortstop could then play a couple of minor-league rehab games before rejoining the roster. That's a slightly different timetable than the one suggested by general manager Jeff Luhnow, who implied a return date of Sept. 8 or so, but it's safe to assume Correa will be back in an Astros uniform around the first week of September.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Roberto Osuna: Records 30th save
Osuna recorded a one-out save while allowing one walk against the Tigers on Thursday.
After Joe Biagini gave up back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning, Osuna was called upon to protect what was left of a 6-3 lead. With one on and two outs, the right-hander extended the threat by giving up a walk to Ronny Rodriguez. Dawel Lugo then cranked a ball to deep right field, but luckily Josh Reddick was there in time to make the catch at the wall, narrowly preventing a three-run homer. The save was Osuna's 30th of the season and marks the third time he has saved 30 games or more. The 24-year-old now owns an impressive 2.79 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 54:9 K:BB.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Alex Bregman: Cranks 31st homer
Bregman went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Tigers.
Bregman slugged a two-run shot in the fourth inning to give the Astros the first lead of the game. He also singled in the sixth. The 25-year-old shortstop has now tied a career best of 31 home runs while slashing .279/.407/.558 with 95 runs scored and 85 RBI.... See More ... See Less
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