Astros Rumors & News

  • Astros' Colin Moran being evaluated after taking foul ball to the face

    Houston Chronicle "Third baseman Colin Moran was undergoing tests at a Baltimore hospital Saturday night after fouling a pitch off his face in the sixth inning of the Astros' 8-4 win against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Moran was being evaluated "for everything from a concussion to a fracture," Astros manager..." July 23

  • Astros place Colin Moran on 10-day disabled list with facial fracture

    Hardball Talk "The Astros placed third baseman Colin Moran on the 10-day disabled list with a facial fracture, the team announced Sunday. Moran sustained both a concussion and a fracture during the sixth inning of Saturday’s 8-4 win against the Orioles, when he was carted off the field after a foul ball struck..." July 23

  • It's time for a Jose Altuve-Pete Rose comparison in the all-time hits department

    CBS Sports "Late last season we noted in this very space that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was closing in on 1,000 career hits and would likely reach that benchmark by age 26. That's exactly what he did. He's back at it in 2017 as he leads the AL in hits and batting average. If paces hold, then Altuve..." July 22

  • Astros reportedly viewed as ‘most motivated suitor’ for Zach Britton

    Yardbarker "It sounds like the Houston Astros could be preparing to make a very big splash ahead of MLB’s trade deadline. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, rival evaluators reportedly see the Astros as the team most motivated to acquire closer Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles. Any Britton trade..." July 21

  • Astros in talks with A's on Sonny Gray; Verlander a fallback option

    CBS Sports "The Astros are running away with the AL West, but they're still looking to fortify their roster leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline in the hopes of a deep playoff run. Specifically, the Astros want to add some rotation help before July 31. We've known for time that Houston had eyes for..." July 20

  • Carlos Correa Out Six To Eight Weeks With Torn Thumb Ligament

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros announced devastating injury news today, revealing that shortstop Carlos Correa is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb. " July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Astros hold memorial for Beltran's glove because he doesn't play field anymore

    CBS Sports "When the Astros signed Carlos Beltran over the winter, they did so with the idea of using him as their primary designated hitter, and giving him spot starts in the outfield. It was a sound plan. Lately though, Beltran hasn't played a whole lot in the outfield. He's been a full-time designated..." July 17

  • Astros' Keuchel to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday night with Class AA Corpus Christi, the first time the Astros ace will have faced hitters in six weeks. Keuchel, who hasn't pitched since June 2 to recover from a pinched nerve in his neck, is scheduled to pitch two or three..." July 16

  • Astros checking in on Giants' Samardzija?

    CBS Sports "The Astros have a mammoth lead in the AL West, but that doesn't mean they'll sit out the forthcoming non-waiver trade deadline. Specifically, Houston wants to reinforce a rotation that's been hit by injuries to Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel. As well, Lance McCullers has never thrown more than..." July 16

  • Pat Neshek jokes he wants to be traded back to Astros

    Yardbarker "Philadelphia Phillies reliever Pat Neshek is a popular subject of trade rumors with roughly two weeks to go before the deadline, but he’s managing to keep his sense of humor through it all. Neshek was asked earlier this week by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports if he has any preferred trade..." July 16

  • Which Astros prospects could Mets demand for Jacob deGrom?

    Newark Star-Ledger "When opportunity knocks, it makes sense to answer. As the second half of the season begins, the Mets will begin a crucial stretch of games that will likely determine how general manager Sandy Alderson acts at the July 31 MLB trade deadline. Barring something drastic, the Mets profile as a..." July 14

  • Cubs' trade for Jose Quintana will only increase Sonny Gray to Astros speculation

    Houston Chronicle "Now that Jose Quintana is off the market, Sonny Gray is the name you will hear most commonly linked to the Astros in their pursuit of another front-line starter before the July 31 trade deadline. Gray already was viewed as a more viable option for the Astros than Quintana, the 28-year-old..." July 14

  • Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers surefire World Series bets

    Hardball Talk "Time is of the essence to get money down if one believes either the Houston Astros or the Los Angeles Dodgers are surefire World Series bets. With baseball starting up again now that the all-star break is over the Dodgers are +350 favorites on the 2017 World Series odds followed by the Astros..." July 14

  • George Springer masters baseball, speech disorder "There might have been a time when Astros outfielder George Springer could not have imagined doing what he did Tuesday night. Starting in his first All-Star Game was also a pretty cool thing. In terms of challenges, Springer has had bigger. "He's conquered a lot," teammate Dallas Keuchel, a..." July 13

  • Alex Bregman rips a fan on Twitter, deletes his account in shame

    Hardball Talk "Astros third baseman Alex Bregman isn’t exactly a social media savant. Back in May he caused a bit of a controversy when he tweeted about wanting to “beat the s**t” out of the Rangers. It was a dumb controversy — all players want to beat the other team and they should feel free to say it — but..." July 12

  • Astros continue to have interest in Jacob deGrom

    Sportress of Blogitude "With the MLB trade deadline fast approaching, expect rumors and speculation to ramp up significantly. And it looks like arguably the best team in baseball is looking to make a big splash before the July 31 deadline. The Houston Astros (60-29) own the second-best record in baseball and already..." July 12

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • White Sox place price high on Quintana with Astros and Yankees waiting

    Fanrag Sports "Teams seeking starting pitching have found the market cost prohibitive so far, with executives saying in particular that the White Sox are seeking an extremely high price for top lefty Jose Quintana (who ranked No. 3 on our top trade value rankings). There are said to be big gaps in Chicago’s..." July 10

  • Astros demonstrating how a rebuild can lead to a juggernaut

    Sportsnet "The Houston Astros were so bad at the beginning of the decade that when they went 70-92 in 2014, capping a four-year stretch of misery in which they lost 416 games, it represented a 19-win gain. That’s what a tear-it-to-ground rebuild looks like. It’s brutal. And there are no promises when..." July 08

  • Astros' Carlos Correa calls out Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna for showing him up

    Houston Chronicle "The 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday night was a sloppy one for the Astros. Closer Roberto Osuna let it linger a bit longer on the final out for his 22nd save. Osuna induced a soft grounder to the mound from Carlos Correa. First baseman Justin Smoak slowed on his way to cover the bag,..." July 07

  • Astros SS Carlos Correa exits game with thumb discomfort

    ESPN "Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was taken out of Houston's 16-4 win over the Atlanta Braves with left thumb discomfort after he slid headfirst at the plate in the fourth inning. X-rays on Correa's left thumb came back negative. The Astros listed his status as day-to-day. "It's just a little..." July 05

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Correa: 'I'm never going to be satisfied' "It occasionally hits the Astros just how remarkable shortstop Carlos Correa's brief career has been. They have to remind themselves that he's still only 22 years old and one of baseball's 10 youngest players. They don't have to be reminded that he's one of its best. "He just looks like he's a..." July 01

  • David Paulino Receives 80-Game Suspension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has announced an 80-game suspension for Astros right-hander David Paulino, who tested positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance. Paulino won’t appeal the ban, tweets Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle." July 01

  • Astros after starting pitching help

    Yardbarker "Weaknesses are few and far between for the MLB-best Houston Astros, but they still have at least one area in which they would like to improve. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Thursday that Houston is “out there looking for starting pitching.” The Astros’ rotation actually has the..." July 01

  • Astros' Collin McHugh nearing rehab assignment

    Houston Chronicle "Rehabbing Astros starter Collin McHugh should begin an official minor league rehab assignment within the next week. McHugh, who has yet to pitch in the majors this season because of an impingement in his pitching elbow, would begin with a two-inning start and continue to build up his arm..." June 25

  • Astros expect Dallas Keuchel to return after All-Star break

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel is serving a stint on the sideline after encountering some neck and shoulder trouble. While now on the Astros’ 10-day disabled list, the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner will likely remain off the club’s 25-man roster until after the All-Star..." June 25

  • MLB trade rumors: Houston Astros after Mets' Jacob deGrom?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the Mets crumble, it's time to look forward to the trade deadline in Queens. While general manager Sandy Alderson hasn't put up the 'FOR SALE' sign quite yet, the Mets should seriously think about marketing players in a trade deadline sell off. The usual suspects--veterans, soon-to-be free..." June 23

  • George Springer leaves game after being hit by a pitch

    Hardball Talk "George Springer has been a dynamo out of the leadoff spot for the high-powered Astros this year, hitting 21 homers and driving in 46. He also leads the league in leadoff homers. Today, however, his leadoff appearance was short and ignominious. Facing Jesse Hahn and the A’s in the Oakland..." June 22

  • Astros SP Lance McCullers Jr. to rejoin rotation Saturday, report says

    Sporting News "Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. is expected to return to the rotation Saturday against the Mariners, according to the Houston Chronicle. McCullers has been on the disabled list since June 9 due to back pain. He made it through a bullpen session on Monday. Houston has lost five of..." June 21

  • Sonny Gray Trade Reportedly Has Mutual Interest for Athletics, Astros

    Bleacher Report "If Sonny Gray is going to be traded by the Oakland Athletics, they may have a match with the Houston Astros. Per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the A's and Astros have "mutual interest" in making a deal for Gray happen. "The A’s are following the Astros’ system closely," Cafardo wrote...." June 18

  • Count Astros' George Springer out for Home Run Derby: 'I'm just not a fan of it'

    Houston Chronicle "Count Astros outfielder George Springer out of the field for next month's Home Run Derby at Miami's Marlins Park. His stance hasn't changed from last year, when he respectfully declined when a players' association representative reached out to gauge his interest in participating. "Still the..." June 17

  • Elian Rodriguez to get $1.9M signing bonus from Astros

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros have signed right-handed Cuban pitcher Elian Rodriguez to a minor-league deal, according to a press release from The announcement was originally made by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and Astros director of international Oz Ocampo. “From seeing Elian Rodriguez..." June 16

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Astros call up outfield prospect Derek Fisher

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros called up outfield prospect Derek Fisher from Class AAA Fresno on Wednesday, sources told the Chronicle. Fisher, 23, batted .335 with on-base and slugging percentages of .401 and .608 in 245 at-bats in Class AAA. His promotion suggests Josh Reddick will require a stint on the..." June 14

  • Astros To Place Lance McCullers On Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros are placing right-hander Lance McCullers on the 10-day disabled list due to discomfort in his lower back, reports Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). McCullers, the Astros’ No. 2 starter, will join ace Dallas Keuchel on the shelf. Kaplan tweets further that the team is..." June 12

  • Astros rotation issues mount with Dallas Keuchel hitting disabled list

    CBS Sports "The season has gone so smoothly for the Astros to this point, it's hard to see the bad news. The rotation issues are mounting, though. On Thursday, the Astros placed ace Dallas Keuchel on the disabled list for the second time due to neck issues. "No timetable" is always scary, but it could also..." June 09

  • Astros promote top prospect Martes "The Astros have called up right-handed pitcher Francis Martes, ranked as their No. 1 prospect according, a source confirmed for Martes is expected to help the Houston's beleaguered bullpen in a long-relief role. Martes was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A..." June 08

  • Dallas Keuchel To Go On 10-Day DL

    CBS Houston "The Houston Astros will be without the ace of their pitching staff for at least a week, Brian McTaggert reported on Thursday. Keuchel missed a start earlier in the year because of neck soreness and it is reported that same issue is what is causing this trip to the DL." June 08

  • How the Houston Astros became the best team in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "It was three short years ago that the June 30, 2014 cover of Sports Illustrated proclaimed the Houston Astros as “your 2017 World Series champs.” Widely mocked at the time — to put it politely — that cover is looking quite clairvoyant now. The team presently sits at 42-18 and is comfortably..." June 08

  • Astros manager AJ Hinch once decided to bench Alex Bregman by picking his name out of a hat

    The Comeback "Unless you haven’t been following baseball over the first two months of the season, you know that the Houston Astros are quite good. At 42-17, they have the best record in baseball and already have a 13 game lead in the AL West. One of the team’s major strengths is its offensive depth – all but..." June 08

  • Dallas Keuchel scratched from start vs. Royals minutes before 1st pitch

    Houston Chronicle "About 10 minutes before first pitch of Wednesday night's game at Kauffman Stadium, the Astros announced Dallas Keuchel had been scratched from his scheduled start because of an undisclosed illness. Keuchel warmed up on the field before returning to the dugout and walking back into the visitors'..." June 08

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Astros To Sign Cuban RHP Elian Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have agreed to sign 20-year-old Cuban righty Elian Rodriguez for $2MM, Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports. The move will be subject to MLB’s rules regarding international bonus spending and will be part of the pool period that ends June 15, and the Astros will have to pay an 100% tax..." June 06

  • Nolan Ryan’s transition hurt Texas Rangers more than it has helped Houston

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Credit Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch for recognizing his elders, and for being a polite guest. “The division goes through Arlington,” Hinch said before the Astros’ game against the Rangers on Saturday. “They’ve won it the last two years and we have tremendous respect for them. Unless they..." June 04

  • Close races abound in AL All-Star voting "The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned. On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League..." May 31

  • Astros place Charlie Morton on disabled list with strained lat

    Hardball Talk "The Astros placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle, the team announced on Sunday. The move is retroactive to May 25, when Morton reported feeling some soreness after his start against the Tigers last Wednesday. He’ll be shut down from..." May 28