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  • No resolution in Roberto Osuna case; next court date set for Sept. 25

    Sportsnet "The next court appearance for Roberto Osuna’s assault case will take place Tuesday, Sept. 25, when the Houston Astros are in Toronto for their lone visit of the year. The appearance is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m., five hours before the Astros face the Blue Jays at Rogers..." September 19

  • MLB Rumors: Astros' Charlie Morton back to Phillies in 2019?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Get ready for the most important offseason in recent Phillies history. With less than $70M on the books for 2019 and a team off a season featured first-place contention in September, the Phillies have an opportunity to strike in free agency and trade market. All..." September 19

  • Astros part ways with minor-league managers Rodney Linares, Morgan Ensberg

    Houston Chronicle "Four Astros minor league coaches — including Class AAA manager Rodney Linares and High-A Buies Creek manager Morgan Ensberg — will not return to the organization in 2019, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday. Class AAA hitting coach Daryl Robertson and Class AA Corpus..." September 18

  • Round Rock Express to reaffiliate; signs point to Astros partnership

    Statesman "Central Texas baseball fans, ready to swap your red and blue gear for navy and orange attire? On Monday, the Round Rock Express released a statement announcing the club’s intention to affiliate to another major league franchise, ending its seven-year relationship with the Texas..." September 18

  • Astros' Charlie Morton unsure how long he'll continue career

    Yardbarker "Charlie Morton has said on multiple occasions in the past that he’s unsure of how long he’ll continue playing — most recently telling The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan back in April that he is “not going to keep playing for a long time” while..." September 17

  • Astros call up top prospect Kyle Tucker

    Yardbarker "The Astros called up top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker from Triple-A today, and that could very well mark the team’s final September promotion, manager A.J. Hinch tells reporters. Hinch added that Tucker probably won’t play much in the season’s final weeks,..." September 16

  • Alex Bregman happy with Astros but ‘pissed’ Diamondbacks didn’t draft him No. 1

    USA Today "Third baseman Alex Bregman said he couldn’t be happier being with the Houston Astros, the team that drafted him second overall out of LSU in 2015 and the club he helped to win a World Series last October. But he didn’t deny being upset that the Diamondbacks didn’t..." September 16

  • Astros Select Myles Straw’s Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have selected the contract of outfielder Myles Straw from Triple-A Fresno, as the team announced via Twitter.  Right-hander Jandel Gustave (who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery) was moved to the 60-day DL in order to create space for Straw on the 40-man..." September 15

  • Astros pitcher Brad Peacock shares how he contracted hand, foot and mouth disease

    Larry Brown Sports "Brad Peacock has been cleared to resume baseball-related activities after missing time due to hand, foot and mouth disease. The Houston Astros reliever is the third known player to contract the disease this year — all of whom have been pitchers (Noah Syndergaard and JA Happ are the..." September 15

  • Astros promote Brandon Taubman to assistant general manager

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros promoted Brandon Taubman to assistant general manager on Thursday, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced. Formerly the club’s senior director of baseball operations, Taubman will continue to oversee the Astros’ analytics group, pro scouting and baseball..." September 14

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Justin Verlander: No 'ill will' vs. Detroit Tigers over 2015 injury

    Detroit Free Press "It is old news, but it became news again last month, when Justin Verlander was quoted as saying the Detroit Tigers had misdiagnosed his right triceps injury three seasons ago. “I knew something was wrong,” Verlander told Bleacher Report in an Aug. 9 article...." September 13

  • Astros give George Springer a scheduled off day Tuesday

    Houston Chronicle "Tuesday was a predetermined off day for Astros center fielder George Springer. Uncomfortable swings during the ninth inning of Monday's 3-2 win against the Tigers "cemented it," manager A.J. Hinch said. "George is doing OK, he's going to play through..." September 12

  • Brad Peacock Diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

    Bleacher Report "Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is the latest Major League Baseball player to be diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.  Per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Peacock's diagnosis Tuesday, and the..." September 11

  • Which MLB contender has the best postseason starting rotation?

    USA Today "Here’s a thing I made for you to argue about online: Trying to predict the outcome of any short MLB postseason series is a fool’s errand. As noted frequently in this space around this time of year every year, it would take a best-of-269-game series to determine, with..." September 11

  • Jose Altuve 'good to play' after knee injury against Tigers

    Houston Chronicle "Jose Altuve "banged his knee" while attempting to turn a double play in the sixth inning of Monday's 3-2 win against the Tigers. Both manager A.J. Hinch and head trainer Jeremiah Randall tended to Altuve, who spent almost a month on the disabled list earlier this..." September 11

  • Verlander, Cole first teammates with 250 strikeouts since Schilling, Johnson

    Hardball Talk "Facing his former team, Astros starter Justin Verlander achieved his 250th strikeout of the season on Monday night, fanning Tigers catcher James McCann for the first out of the second inning. Rotation-mate Gerrit Cole already has 251 strikeouts on the year —..." September 11

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Astros' Lance McCullers beginning to see improvement on forearm strain

    Yardbarker "A forearm strain has kept Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. out of action since Aug. 4, but he’s progressing toward a return. McCullers threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday, saying afterward (via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle) that it represented “a big..." September 09

  • Astros hopeful Marwin Gonzalez will return to lineup Saturday

    Houston Chronicle "Though he was not in Friday's starting lineup against the Red Sox, Marwin Gonzalez is "trending in the right direction," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Gonzalez was pulled after the first inning of Monday's 4-1 win against the Twins with what the club termed..." September 07

  • Astros' Carlos Correa gets chance to reset with day off

    Houston Chronicle "Carlos Correa had the day off on Wednesday, when the Astros finished their series against the Twins at Minute Maid Park. In combination with the team's off day on Thursday, Correa will get two consecutive days of rest. "You've seen me do that time and time again..." September 06

  • Justin Verlander starting vs. Detroit Tigers on Monday all but certain

    Detroit Free Press "All signs point to Justin Verlander pitching against the Detroit Tigers next week. And, barring any last-minute changes, it will be Monday evening.  The Astros did not include Verlander in their next four probable pitchers, meaning Verlander is lined up to..." September 06

  • Roberto Osuna will be back in court on September 19

    Sportsnaut "Houston Astros reliever Roberto Osuna was in court on Wednesday regarding his domestic violence case. But no solution was reached. The next court date is scheduled for September 19, and his lawyer told the court that “discussions are ongoing,” per John Lott of The..." September 05

  • Report: Astros kicked out a fan protesting Roberto Osuna with sign displaying domestic violence hotline number

    Hardball Talk "Steve Campion of ABC13 reports that the Astros kicked out a fan protesting reliever Roberto Osuna with a sign displaying the phone number of the Houston Area Women’s Center domestic violence hotline. The sign simply read, “Houston Domestic Violence Hot Line..." September 05

  • Alex Bregman, Alex Cora made interesting wager on Miami-LSU game

    Yardbarker "As Miami and LSU get their college football seasons going against each other, the stakes are high for Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Boston Red Sox manager (and former Houston bench coach) Alex Cora. When the two teams square off in Boston, one of them will be wearing..." September 03

  • Morton on track for Saturday return from DL

    MLB.com "The Astros are aiming for veteran right-hander Charlie Morton to return from the disabled list this weekend in Boston. Astros manager AJ Hinch said Monday that Morton would start Saturday at Fenway Park if he responds well after throwing a bullpen session this week. Morton played..." September 03

  • Astros Activate Brian McCann, Select Josh James

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have activated catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Jake Marisnick from the 10-day disabled list, selected the contract of right-hander Josh James from Triple-A Fresno, and recalled lefty Cionel Perez from Fresno, Ben DuBose of MLB.com was among those to report. The most..." September 02

  • Angels take measures to block Astros from relaying signs

    Yardbarker "The Los Angeles Angels took some measures on Friday night to prevent the Houston Astros from relaying signs from second base. Jaime Barria gave up four runs over three innings on Saturday against Houston — his previous start. He allowed three runs in the first inning before..." September 01

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Kyle Tucker will get September call-up, but making Astros' playoff roster is uncertain

    Houston Chronicle "Kyle Tucker's extraordinary return to Class AAA Fresno will warrant a September call-up, but Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday "a lot would have to happen" for the organization's No. 2 overall prospect to crack a playoff roster. Entering Tuesday..." August 29

  • Astros To Extend A.J. Hinch

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have agreed to a contract extension with manager A.J. Hinch, reports Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston (Twitter link). A formal announcement of the move will come tomorrow, per the report. Hinch, 44, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Astros — each of which has..." August 29

  • Roberto Osuna on Domestic Violence Allegations: 'Everybody Is Quick to Judge Me'

    Bleacher Report "Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna spoke publicly about his domestic violence charge for the first time Wednesday.  "No one knows what happened but obviously me," Osuna said in an interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale. "Everybody..." August 29

  • Astros place Morton on DL, reinstate Devenski

    KHOU.com "The Houston Astros have placed starting pitcher Charlie Morton on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder discomfort, the team announced Wednesday. The Astros also reinstated relief pitcher Chris Devenski from the 10-day DL. " August 29

  • Astros expect Brian McCann to return by the weekend

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros expect catcher Brian McCann (right knee) to return from the disabled list at the latest by Saturday, Sept. 1, when rosters expand. The health of his surgically repaired right knee has been good, but the team has yet to decide if it will call him up to the major-league..." August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • Astros' George Springer set to start Monday

    Houston Chronicle "While A.J. Hinch finished his pregame scrum with reporters, a set of eyes peered over the stairs which led up to the dugout. George Springer stared down his manager, who had an idea why he was being stalked. "You want to play, don't you," Hinch asked. Soon,..." August 27

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Hinch doesn't expect McCullers to return to rotation when healthy

    The Score "Houston Astros bench boss AJ Hinch doesn't anticipate Lance McCullers Jr. will be ready to rejoin the club's starting rotation when he returns from his forearm injury. "I guess never say never cause once you get on the mound and get going things can..." August 27

  • Astros expect George Springer to return to lineup Monday

    Yardbarker "After missing nearly a week of action, George Springer is expected to return to the Houston Astros’ lineup on Monday. Springer has been battling left quad soreness, but manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that the expectation is for Springer to be back in the starting lineup when the..." August 26

  • Justin Verlander says meal on viral receipt was comped by hotel

    ESPN "One day after showing off a million-dollar receipt for his lunch for being a "Dodger killer" from the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday, Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander revealed that his meal was comped. The hotel jokingly charged Verlander an extra $1 million since Houston..." August 26

  • Waiter charges Astros' Justin Verlander $1 million for 'Dodger Killer'

    ESPN "Hefty price tags in Beverly Hills are nothing new, but Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander got a surprise when his lunch bill came to more than $1 million on Friday. The bill from the waiter at the Cabana Cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel included $30 pancakes, a $42 salad and ......" August 25

  • Brad Peacock to start Tuesday for Astros

    Houston Chronicle "Brad Peacock will start the Astros' bullpen game on Tuesday against the Mariners, manager A.J. Hinch said Monday night. Peacock was one of four candidates for the assignment that Hinch identified before Monday's game. One of the four, Collin McHugh, threw 36 pitches..." August 21

  • Astros Select Framber Valdez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have selected the contract of lefty Framber Valdez, as MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart was among those to report on Twitter. He’ll take the roster spot of fellow young southpaw Cionel Perez, who was optioned back to Triple-A. Valdez, 24, gets the call not long after..." August 21

  • Astros Activate Jose Altuve From Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros announced tonight that they’ve activated reigning American League MVP Jose Altuve from the disabled list. He’d been out since July 26 due to a right knee injury. Houston also selected the contract of lefty Framber Valdez (as had already been reported) and optioned both..." August 21

  • Roberto Osuna to be the Astros new closer

    Hardball Talk "When the Astros acquired suspended reliever Roberto Osuna it was viewed as a low-price move to bolster their bullpen. Now, it turns out, it was a move to get a closer. Manager A.J. Hinch said as much today, anyway, telling MLB Network Radio that Osuna is going to get most of..." August 21

  • Astros send Kyle Tucker to Fresno, clear spot for Jose Altuve

    Houston Chronicle "Kyle Tucker was optioned to Class AAA Fresno following Monday night's 7-4 loss to the Mariners, clearing a space on the Astros' 25-man roster for Jose Altuve's impending activation. Tucker, the organization's No. 2 overall prospect, went 1-for-7 in his second stint..." August 21

  • Reddick clarifies comments on A's playing 'meaningful' games

    The Score "On Friday night, the Houston Astros lost a heartbreaking contest against the division-rival Oakland Athletics, and with Josh Reddick upset about an overturned call at the plate, the outfielder found himself in some controversy regarding his former team. "Pretty tired of getting..." August 19

  • Jose Altuve set to make career first during rehab assignment

    Larry Brown Sports "Jose Altuve is just about set to return to the Houston Astros following a knee injury, but not before doing something for the very first time. Altuve is headed out to Triple-A Fresno on a rehab assignment that could see him back in the Houston lineup as early as next..." August 18

  • Astros' Reddick: 'Pretty tired of getting screwed over by reviews'

    San Jose Mercury News "Josh Reddick was a fan favorite in his days with Oakland, but he may not be getting a warm reception at the Coliseum going forward. Following the A’s 4-3 extra-inning victory over the Houston Astros Friday night, Reddick voiced his frustrations to Astros reports when asked about..." August 18