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Astros’ injuries and roster moves

Astros' injuries and roster moves

2021-06-10 22:37:00

Track recent Astros transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

June 9: RHP Joe Smith added to 10-day injury list
Smith is dealing with a pain in his right elbow, which has persisted for some time. It last launched on June 5th and will be out until at least June 16th.

June 9: RHP Brandon Bielak recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land
Taking over from Joe Smith on the active roster is Bielak, who has an ERA of 3.97 in 22 2/3 innings with the Astros this season. He is with the team in Boston and will be available on June 9th.

June 8: OF Michael Brantley activated from 10 day injury list
Manager Dusty Baker had looked on Tuesday as a comeback for Brantley, who had been out since May 23 with a strain in his right hamstring. He was in training against Boston, beating sixth and playing on the left outside. Brantley is expected to step up in lineup for Wednesday’s game, depending on how he feels and behaves on Tuesday.

“We’ll see how he moves, not defense but how he manages the bases,” Baker said. “I will try to be as careful as possible; careful how much Michael allows me to be with him. He’s pretty honest about things. … He will let you know exactly if he feels good or not. “

June 8: INF / OF Aledmys Díaz added to the 10-day injury list
Díaz will miss six to eight weeks after breaking his left hand in a field shot against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

RHP Joe Smith (right elbow pain)
Expected return: Mid to late June
Smith last pitched for the Astros on June 5, conceding a hit in an inning with no points. But manager Dusty Baker said Smith “fought” [the elbow soreness] for a while, “and it was time to deal with it. Smith’s IL placement is retroactive to June 6. (Last updated: June 9)

C Jason Castro (left Achilles pain)
Expected return: Mid June
Castro caught a bullpen on June 6 for the first time since his placement in late May in the IL. On June 8, he participated in the pre-match batting practice. He will participate in a couple of rehab games with Triple-A Sugar Land on June 11 and 13. (Last updated: June 9)

RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (right shoulder pain)
Expected return: Mid June
McCullers launched a bullpen on June 8 and was “all smiles” afterwards, according to manager Dusty Baker. The next step for McCullers is a rehab start with Triple-A Sugar Land on June 10, which will go about four innings and / or 65 pitches. (Last updated: June 9)

IF / OF Aledmys Díaz (fractured left hand)
Expected return: August
The Astros will be without Díaz for about six to eight weeks after he fractured his left hand on June 5th. Díaz was hit in the left hand in the second inning on a pitch thrown by Blue Jays star Ross Stripling. Díaz started matches in every position this year except midfield and receiver. He started seven games on left outside, six games at third and second base, four games at first base, three at shortstop and one at right outside. He also started twice as a designated hitter. (Last updated: June 6)

RHP Bryan Abreu (left calf strain)
Expected return:
to be defined
Abreu strained his calf as he swept balls on the fly in the outfield on Saturday and entered the 10-day IL on Sunday. It appeared in 21 games, with an ERA of 4.21. Dusty Baker said on Tuesday that Abreu may be out “a little”. (Last updated: June 1)

RHP Josh James (left hip surgery)
Expected return: End of June at the earliest
Recently, James is “doing great with his hip,” manager Dusty Baker said, but suffered a setback in the form of a hamstring injury during his conditioning. The right was throwing the bullpen, though Baker isn’t sure if the hamstring problem has forced James out for now. James underwent left hip surgery on October 23 to repair a lip injury and was facing a 6-8 month recovery time. He is in rehab in West Palm Beach, Florida. The timing for a potential Minor League rehabilitation assignment remains in the air. (Last updated: June 10)

RHP Pedro Báez (right shoulder pain)
Expected return: to be defined
Báez, signed on to a two-year contract in the offseason, was brought back in the spring with a diagnosis of COVID-19 and then suffered a right shoulder injury. He is “progressing quite well,” manager Dusy Baker said during rehab in West Palm Beach, Florida. Báez is throwing on flat ground up to 180 feet. (Last updated: June 10)

RHP Austin Pruitt (right elbow surgery)
Expected return: to be defined
Pruitt underwent surgery on Sept. 2 to repair a hairline fracture with a screw inserted into her elbow. Astros GM James Click said Pruitt is a little behind James’ rehab program. (Last updated: May 26)

RHP Justin Verlander (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2022
Verlander, who underwent surgery on Tommy John on September 30, spoke to reporters on May 7 and said he was throwing a 90-foot baseball and was determined to return next season. He didn’t completely rule out returning this October as a relief, but that carries a greater risk of recurrence. (Last updated: May 25)

LHP Kent Emanuel (left elbow surgery)
Expected return: 2022
Emanuel underwent surgery on June 3 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, concluding his season. Emanuel, who tore his UCL in early 2020 and tried to rehabilitate his injury with injections of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells, spared Tommy John’s second surgery and may be ready for the start. of the 2022 season. (Last updated: June 4)