HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left hamstring strain, but could be close to getting star second baseman Jose Altuve...
No Morton, no Keuchel as Astros head to spring training
HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros are not short on confidence heading to spring training, not after winning 103 games and with most of their roster intact from last year's run to the AL Championship Series.
"I love this team," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "And when we show up next week if this is the roster we have, we've got a really good chance of accomplishing our goals this year."
Michael Brantley, Astros finalize $32M, 2-year contract
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have long admired Michael Brantley's game from afar.
They're ready to appreciate it up close.
The Astros finalized a $32 million, two-year contract Wednesday with the free agent outfielder and introduced him in Houston.
Former NASA engineer Mejdal leaves Astros for Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — New Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias called upon a familiar face to help rebuild the club, hiring former NASA engineer Sig Mejdal from the Houston Astros to be assistant general manager for analytics.
Mejdal will report to Elias and will oversee all aspects of the club's growing analytics effort and serve as an adviser to Elias, the Orioles said Wednesday. Mejdal had been a special assistant for process improvement to Houston GM Jeff Luhnow since October 2015.
Mexican president-elect turns down Houston Astros invitation
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president-elect has turned down an invitation to a Houston Astros game from general manager Jeff Luhnow, saying he has prior commitments.
In a tweet Wednesday, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said: "Baseball is one of my great passions."
Luhnow responded with "Pretty cool that Mexico's President elect is a huge baseball fan! We will get him to an Astros game at some point!"
Champion Astros extend manager Hinch’s contract through 2022
HOUSTON (AP) — That new contract A.J. Hinch got from the Houston Astros also came with a huge set of expectations.
"When I hired A.J., at the press conference, I said, 'A.J.'s going to be our manager when we win the first World Series for Houston,'" general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday.
"I'm now telling you that A.J. is going to be the manager when we win the second and hopefully the third World Series for Houston," he said.
Astros brass huddles to discuss Osuna’s pending arrival
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astros manager A.J. Hinch met privately with the team's owner and general manager on Saturday, a day ahead of reliever Roberto Osuna's activation following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
Hinch discussed the matter with owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow, but declined to go into details. The manager said Osuna will join the club on Sunday and be activated for the series finale at Dodger Stadium.
TORONTO (AP) — A lawyer for former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna, who is facing an assault charge, is taking issue with comments from the general manager of his client's new team, the Houston Astros.
The 23-year-old Osuna was arrested in May and charged in a domestic violence case.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann finally got to a point that something had to be done to try to fix his troublesome right knee.
McCann had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday after going on the disabled list for the second time this season, and the third time in less than a year, because of knee discomfort.
Astros GM Luhnow given extension through 2023
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have extended the contract of general manager Jeff Luhnow through the 2023 season and added president of baseball operations to his title.
Luhnow, who was hired by the Astros on Dec. 7, 2011, led a remarkable turnaround in Houston, helping the Astros move from a 100-loss team to winning its first World Series last season.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will have to wait even longer before playing this season.
Gurriel had surgery on his left hand Wednesday and the normal recovery time is six weeks.
Opening day for the World Series champions is March 29, when the Astros visit Texas. When Gurriel returns, he will serve a five-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball for making an inappropriate gesture toward Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series.
Astros 1B Gurriel to miss start of season after hand surgery
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston first baseman Yuli Gurriel had surgery on his left hand Wednesday and is expected to miss the start of the season.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow says doctors removed the hook of the hamate bone, which was broken before Gurriel arrived at camp.
Luhnow said he did not know the original cause of the fracture.
Houston prospect Whitley suspended for 50 games
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros minor league pitcher Forrest Whitley has been suspended for 50 games without pay for a violation of baseball's minor league drug prevention and treatment program.
Whitley, who is considered one of Houston's top prospects, is on the roster for Double-A Corpus Christi. His suspension will begin at the start of the Texas League season.
Houston looking ahead after winning first World Series
HOUSTON (AP) — The celebration is over for the Houston Astros after winning their first World Series last season.
They don't want to think or talk about 2017. And they certainly aren't dwelling on their big win.
The Astros believe the only way to build on their success is by winning again in 2018.
Astros’ Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins’ Stanton earns NL honor
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best.
These days, nobody is standing taller.
Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin and capping Houston's championship season with another piece of hardware.
Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP, edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds in the closest vote since 1979.
Astros coach Dauer recovering after surgery for blood clot
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros first base coach Rich Dauer is recovering after surgery on a blood clot in his brain.
The 65-year-old Dauer was rushed to a hospital Friday immediately after Houston's parade to celebrate its first World Series title. The emergency surgery was performed at Houston Methodist hospital, where he is now recovering.
Dauer played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1976-85, winning a World Series with them in 1983. Dauer was hired by the Astros after the 2014 season.
Houston — World Series MVP George Springer planted the Astros' championship trophy at the front of a fire truck to a cheering crowd as the team began their victory parade Friday, with orange and blue confetti raining down as they passed tens of thousands of fans downtown.
Four military jets soared above a sea of orange and blue T-shirts, jerseys, pennants and banners along the 20-block parade route, which was quickly extended to accommodate the larger-than-expected crowd.
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Verlander officially introduced in Houston after trade
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander only had about 30 minutes to decide whether to accept a trade the Houston Astros.
In the end, he figured he simply couldn't pass up a chance to join the team with the American League's best record.
"Ultimately it came down to winning and joining an organization that is set up to win for a long time," he said.
Last-minute deal sends Verlander to Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — When Houston manager A.J. Hinch called to welcome Justin Verlander to the team, the pitcher's first question was when he'd make his debut for the Astros.
The answer is Tuesday at Seattle after the Astros orchestrated a last-minute deal with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night to acquire the right-hander and bolster their rotation as they eye a deep playoff run in October.
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros pitcher David Paulino received an 80-game suspension without pay Saturday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Major League Baseball announced the rookie right-hander tested positive for Boldenone. His penalty began with Saturday night's game against the New York Yankees.
Makeshift rotation tries to keep Astros afloat
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel isn't pitching for the Houston Astros right now.
Neither are Lance McCullers, Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh.
With four-fifths of their rotation on the disabled list, the first-place Astros are relying on two rookies, a second-year player, one who has bounced between the bullpen and starting and Mike Fiers, who was supposed to be their fifth starter, to keep the rotation afloat until the ailing starters return.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros placed right-hander Lance McCullers on the 10-day disabled list with a back problem on Monday, another blow to a rotation decimated by injuries.
His stint on the DL with discomfort in his lower back is retroactive to June 9. General manager Jeff Luhnow said the team doesn't expect it to lead to a "long absence" for McCullers but didn't specify a specific timetable for his return.
Astros need Keuchel, rotation to bounce back to contend
HOUSTON (AP) — They have the AL batting champion, a big-hitting shortstop and a few newcomers to boost a potent lineup.
What the Houston Astros really need to get back into playoff contention is a bounce-back by Dallas Keuchel and the rotation.
Injuries and inconsistency were themes for Houston's staff last season. That came a year after Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros ended a long postseason drought and looked primed for the future.
Astros determined to start fast after last year’s fiasco
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are still thinking about their terrible start to last season and are determined to start things off much better this year.
As the Astros prepare for the start of spring training, that 7-17 mark is still firmly in their minds. The Astros got it together after that awful month, but it put them in too big of a hole to dig out of and they just missed reaching the playoffs for the second straight season.
Kid who wrote letter to Astros GM never dreamed he’d respond
HOUSTON (AP) — When 7-year-old Will Erickson penned a letter to Jeff Luhnow imploring the Houston Astros general manager not to trade George Springer, he never dreamed he'd get a response.
The reason was simple.
"Because he's busy," Will told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - As an entire industry gathered at a luxurious hotel south of Washington D.C. for the start of baseball's annual winter meetings, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow stayed back Monday in Houston to introduce Carlos Beltran in an afternoon news conference at Minute Maid Park.
Astros not on Reddick’s radar at beginning of free agency
HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Reddick never expected to hear from the Houston Astros.
"I didn't know if I was on these guy's radar," the outfielder said Wednesday after finalizing a $52 million, four-year contract. "It was something that came out of nowhere for me, not in a bad way. I was very excited to hear from them. Texas is something that brings me a little closer to home."
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow called newly signed outfielder Josh Reddick a "perfect fit" based on his formidable defense and quality lefthanded hitting, but the team has not determined exactly where he will fit in the field.