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Houston Astros share concerning injury updates

Michael Brantley is heading to Houston to be checked out. Composite Getty image.

Astros manager Dusty Baker spoke with the media prior to Wednesday's game against the Angels and discussed the latest on Michael Brantley, Chas McCormick, Jose Abreu, and Mauricio Dubon.

Brantley is headed back to Houston as he is dealing with soreness, but Baker hopes to have him back in Chicago.

Chas McCormick appears to be dealing with the same lower back soreness that caused him to go on the IL. Jake Meyers has been playing well in his absence.

The Astros big free agent acquisition, Jose Abreu, is out of today's lineup and Baker believes he is dealing with some type of discomfort, but Abreu has yet to confirm it.

Yainer Diaz is playing first base for the Astros in the finale against the Angels, but it sounds like Abreu should be good to go against the White Sox on Friday. When asked about moving Abreu out of the cleanup spot when he returns, Baker expressed his displeasure with batting Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker back-to-back.

He also doesn't want to move Bregman out of the two-spot, so it looks like Abreu will return to his normal place in the lineup in Chicago.

Finally, Mauricio Dubon's hamstring injury doesn't appear serious, but he likely won't play on Wednesday.

Hopefully, the Astros are back to full strength soon, and we can finally see what this roster is capable of.

Next up: The Astros play the White Sox in Chicago on Friday.

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Astros beat the Orioles, 8-1. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Framber Valdez pitched seven solid innings and Jeremy Peña and Yainer Diaz had three RBIs apiece to give the Houston Astros a 8-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

It’s just the second time the Orioles have been swept this season after losing three in a row to the Cardinals from May 20-22.

Valdez (6-5) allowed six hits and a run with seven strikeouts in seven innings to bounce back after consecutive losses.

Jose Altuve hit a leadoff homer as the Astros jumped on Albert Suárez (3-2) for four runs in the first. Alex Bregman had a season-high four hits for Houston, which extended its winning streak to five games.

Jordan Westburg homered for a second straight game to extend Baltimore’s franchise-record streak of games with a home run to 22. But the Orioles couldn't do much else offensively as they managed just one run for a second straight game.

Suárez permitted a career-high 10 hits and tied a career-most with five runs in five innings.

Bryan King struck out one in a scoreless eighth for Houston in his major league debut and Luis Contreras allowed one hit in his debut in the ninth.

Altuve sent Suárez’s first pitch out of the park for his 38th career leadoff homer to make it 1-0. Bregman doubled and scored on a one-out single by Diaz.

Peña doubled to left field to drive in Diaz and extend the lead to 3-0. Mauricio Dubón made it 4-0 with his RBI single on a line drive to center field.

César Salazar hit a single to open Houston’s fourth before a one-out double by Bregman. The Orioles intentionally walked Yordan Alvarez to load the bases and a sacrifice fly by Diaz left Houston up 5-0.

Colton Cowser singled with one out in the fifth but was erased when Adley Rutschman grounded into a force out. Ryan Mountcastle singled after that, but Anthony Santander also grounded into a force out to end the inning.

Westburg’s home run came with one out in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-1.

Bregman singled with one out in the sixth and a single by Diaz came with two outs in the inning. They both scored when Peña smacked a double to left-center field to make it 7-1.

Altuve and Bregman hit consecutive singles to start the eighth and Altuve scored on a sacrifice fly by Diaz with two outs to extend the lead to 8-1.

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Orioles: LHP Cade Povich (0-1, 3.94 ERA) starts for Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series with Cleveland on Monday night.

Astros: Houston is off Monday before starting a two-game series with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

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