Astros Rumors & News

  • 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 MLB.com. 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

    MLB.com "The Astros have called up right-handed pitcher Francis Martes, ranked as their No. 1 prospect according MLBPipeline.com, a source confirmed for MLB.com. 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

    MLB.com "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

  • Astros' McCann lands on concussion DL

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros placed catcher Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion disabled list Sunday and recalled Juan Centeno from Class AAA Fresno." May 21

  • Astros' Dallas Keuchel lands on disabled list

    Houston Chronicle "Astros ace Dallas Keuchel will be placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a pinched nerve in his neck. The team expects Keuchel, who was scheduled to start Monday, to miss only one turn in the rotation. His DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday." May 20

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Report: Angels sign Doug Fister

    Hardball Talk "SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels have signed pitcher Doug Fister to a major league contract, pending a physical. Fister, 33, remained unsigned through the offseason and the first one and a half months of the regular season. He spent last year with the Astros, finishing with a..." May 18

  • Astros intrigued by Pirates' Cole, Watson

    Fox Sports "The Astros, with a victory on Wednesday, would improve to 29-12 and match the Cubs’ start after 41 games last season. And club officials want the team to be stronger still. The Astros remain interested in adding a starting pitcher and also are likely to pursue a left-handed reliever before..." May 17

  • Gurriel, Astros slam Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Marlins Park is located in a Miami neighborhood known as "Little Havana," which must have made Yuli Gurriel feel right at home. Gurriel, a native Cuban, hit his first career grand slam, leading the Houston Astros to a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday night at Marlins..." May 16

  • Alex Bregman tried to change jersey number for a night in honor of Derek Jeter

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman grew up idolizing Derek Jeter, which is why the 23-year-old was thrilled his team was the visitor on Sunday when the New York Yankees retired Jeter’s number. And if Bregman could have changed jersey numbers as his own tribute to Jeter, he would..." May 15

  • Astros-Yankees postponed to Sunday doubleheader

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- As their teams prepared for Friday's game, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi sensed their teams would not be playing Saturday. Their hunches were right since roughly eight hours before the scheduled first pitch, Saturday's game was rained..." May 14

  • Astros-Yankees game postponed due to rain

    New York Daily News "Derek Jeter Night may become an all-day affair. Weather forecasts predict on onslaught of rain Saturday in New York City, starting as early as 5 a.m. and continuing until Sunday morning. That means the Yankees’ 1:05 p.m. Saturday matinee against the Astros will almost certainly be..." May 13

  • McCullers, McCann propel Astros past Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Standing in one corner of the Houston Astros' clubhouse with a WBO championship boxing belt draped over his right shoulder, Lance McCullers Jr. deferred all the credit to catcher Brian McCann. Sitting on a chair on the opposite side of the clubhouse, McCann appreciated the..." May 12

  • Astros’ Chris Devenski is simply ‘the hottest pitcher on the planet’

    Fox Sports "They’re all special, every single one of them, even the worst of the 750 players in the major leagues. Which is why it is so startling to hear the Astros talk about right-hander Chris Devenski – a reliever, for heaven’s sake – with something approaching awe. “Stud,” Astros catcher Brian McCann..." May 12

  • Carlos Correa: Dallas Keuchel has been ‘even better’ than Cy Young year

    Larry Brown Sports "Those who were worried that Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel may not return to form after his down year in 2016 can relax now. Keuchel pitched six innings and allowed just five hits and no earned runs in a win over the New York Yankees Thursday night. He’s now 6-0 on the season with a 1.69..." May 12

  • Keuchel earns sixth win as Astros down Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Dallas Keuchel made plenty of good pitches Thursday night, but the most significant throw for the Houston Astros belonged to left fielder Jake Marisnick. Keuchel pitched six strong innings and remained unbeaten when Marisnick threw out Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate for the final..." May 11

  • Get ready for a summer bidding war if Yankees, Astros remain AL contenders

    New York Daily News "The Astros show up in the Bronx on Thursday night as the team to beat in the American League. OK, they were my preseason pick to win the World Series this year, so I'm biased, and who knew you'd be able to make an argument for the Yankees here in early May, but it's hard to argue against the..." May 11

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Early home runs lead Astros past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Having cornered the market on five-run deficits and comeback victories, the Houston Astros built a five-run lead as a change of pace Tuesday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton, the beneficiary of a five-run first inning, carried a shutout into the sixth, and Houston belted three..." May 10

  • Correa gets key hit in Astros' win over Braves

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- For a brief spell early last month, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa didn't resemble the MVP candidate some predicted he would become in this, his third season in the majors. Those concerns were unfounded. Correa stroked a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning to..." May 10

  • Angels defeat Astros in walk-off fashion

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Star outfielder Mike Trout was unavailable Saturday night, so the Los Angeles Angels made do with pitching, defense and a well-placed single. Starter JC Ramirez and three relievers worked around the Houston Astros lineup all evening to get to the ninth when Andrelton..." May 07

  • Homers help Astros in 5-3 win over Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Houston Astros are well ahead of their colleagues in the American League West, leading the Los Angeles Angels by 5 1/2 games after their 5-3 win on Sunday at Angel Stadium. But the Astros to a man promise they will not get ahead of themselves and start thinking a 21-11..." May 07

  • Astros answer Angels' rally in 10-inning win

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If ever there was a time to pack up the Rally Monkey and beat the traffic, this seemed to be it. Down 6-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Angels faced not only a four-run deficit, but they faced the hottest pitcher in the majors in Houston Astros..." May 06

  • Correa, Gonzalez help Astros rout Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Right fielder Josh Reddick revealed on Wednesday afternoon a Houston Astros-themed championship belt that would be bestowed upon the player of the game pending a victory. The first recipient of the hardware was an easy pick. Shortstop Carlos Correa went 4-for-5, including a solo..." May 04

  • Gallo's homer helps Rangers hold off Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With the wind wreaking havoc on batted balls to center and left field, Texas Rangers third baseman Joe Gallo did what any perceptive power hitter would do given the circumstances and conditions: He went deep to right-center. Gallo crushed a two-run home run in the eighth inning to..." May 04

  • Gonzalez grand slam lifts Astros over Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- While Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez struck a decisive blow with his first career grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning, it was his tenacious at-bat that yielded a solo homer in the fifth that was most emblematic of the Astros' steely resolve to make the most of every..." May 03

  • Brady Rodgers Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Astros prospect Brady Rodgers underwent Tommy John surgery this morning, the club announced. The right-handed pitching prospect will be out until sometime next season as he rehabs. Now 26, Rodgers earned a spot on the Houston 40-man in advance of the 2015 Rule 5 draft. Unfortunately, it’s..." May 03

  • Astros' five-run inning buries Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Given how thoroughly the Texas Rangers dominated their Lone Star State rivals recently, it seemed inevitable that emotions would boil over and spill out of the dugouts on Monday night. All it took to light the fuse was one tweet and one errant pitch. After bulletin-board material..." May 02

  • Astros to activate Jake Marisnick on Monday

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros will activate outfielder Jake Marisnick from the seven-day concussion disabled list before Monday night's series opener against the Texas Rangers. Outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp was informed after Sunday's game he will be optioned back to Class AAA Fresno. " April 30

  • Keuchel goes to 5-0 as Astros stop A's

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Left-hander Dallas Keuchel often sets the tone for the Houston rotation and the team, so when he scuffled last April, so too did the Astros. The opening month of this season was significantly better for both parties. Keuchel became the first pitcher in the majors to reach five..." April 30

  • Morton leads Astros past A's

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Barring catastrophic injury or an unforeseen turn of events, the Houston Astros' lineup depth will be a topic of conversation for most of this season, with performances like the one delivered Friday night illustrating precisely why. With right-hander Charlie Morton producing a..." April 29