Astros left-hander Framber Valdez put on injured list with elbow inflammation


Astros left-hander Framber Valdez put on injured list with elbow inflammation
Framber Valdez heads to the IL. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.

Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday because of elbow inflammation as manager Joe Espada said he hoped the pitcher will miss only a couple of starts.

“He’s going to need some time to recover,” Espada said before the Astros played Kansas City. “We'll watch the inflammation to see how quickly that comes down. Hopefully it could just be maybe two starts and we’ll get him back on the mound.”

Valdez was scratched from his scheduled start in the series opener, returned to Houston on Monday night and was diagnosed with inflammation on top of the elbow. The Astros made the IL placement retroactive to Saturday.

“I didn’t get any news on the ligament, just inflammation in that elbow,” Espada said. “We’ll see where he’s at in a day or two. We can get him back throwing and then we can assess how quickly we can get him back going. I think that's pretty decent news.”

Houston selected the contract of right-hander Wander Suero from Triple-A Sugar Land and recalled left-hander Parker Mushinski from the Space Cowboys. Houston optioned right-hander Blair Henley to Sugar Land and transferred right-hander Oliver Ortega to the 60-day injured list.

Astros prospect Spencer Arrighetti will make his major league debut Wednesday night against the Royals. The rest of the rotation will be pushed back a day.

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Javier is headed to the IL. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

Houston Astros right-handers Cristian Javier and José Urquidy will each undergo an MRI after both experienced forearm discomfort.

Javier was placed on the 15-day injured list Monday. Urquidy was pulled early from his rehab start with Triple-A Sugar Land last Friday. Houston manager Joe Espada said before Monday night’s series opener in Seattle that both pitchers will get an MRI on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Javier threw four innings and gave up a season-high eight hits in his most recent start against the Angels last Tuesday. It was his third start since missing 18 games earlier this season with neck discomfort. Javier skipped his scheduled bullpen Sunday because of the discomfort in his right forearm.

Urquidy was making his third rehab start for Sugar Land when he was pulled after 3 2/3 innings. He has yet to pitch in the majors this season due to forearm discomfort.

Houston recalled right-hander Alex Speas from Sugar Land to take Javier’s roster spot. The Astros also recalled first baseman José Abreu from Sugar Land and had him in the lineup at first base against the Mariners. The 2020 AL MVP started the season hitting .099 with three RBIs in 22 games before accepting a demotion to the minors.

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