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This week, ESPN Houston's John Granato and Josh Jordan discuss the state of the Houston Astros starting rotation. With Jose Urquidy's recent struggles, the guys debate when the Astros should look to Sugar Land and bring up starting pitcher Hunter Brown.

Plus, should the Astros look for help before the trade deadline to get a boost at catcher or first base?

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After Yordan Alvarez suffered an injury on Thursday from colliding into Jeremy Peña in short left field, many fans and media are questioning whether Alvarez should DH exclusively to keep injuries like this from happening.

While this may prevent injuries from happening in left field, there are numerous ways of getting hurt, such as running the bases, and we saw Alvarez miss some time recently with a hand injury from swinging the bat.

Plus, playing Yordan in left where he's at least an average outfielder, allows veterans like Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve to slide in the DH spot to get some much-needed rest over the course of the season. And there's an argument being made that Yordan is better at the plate when he's playing the field.

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