Significant Astros decisions to watch for ahead of magic number countdown


Following Jake Odorizzi's implosion against the Dodgers in LA, ESPN Houston's Joel Blank tells us how the Astros must answer critical questions regarding both Odorizzi and returning star Alex Bregman.

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Framber Valdez is dealing with left elbow soreness. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

Astros manager Joe Espada spoke to the media Monday about Framber Valdez being scratched from his start against the Rangers on Monday night.

Valdez is dealing with elbow soreness, and he is meeting with team doctors in Houston.

Espada said it was a good sign that Valdez has not been put on IL, so hopefully it's not serious.

Blair Henley has been promoted from Triple-A Sugar Land to make tonight's start against the Rangers.

Henley has made one start this season for Sugar Land, he has an ERA of 5.40 after surrendering 3 runs in 5 innings.

Henley pitched for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2023, recording a 3-6 record with a 5.06 ERA. He pitched in 25 games, starting 17.

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