Latest report doesn't bode well for Astros pitcher Jose Urquidy

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Jose Urquidy's season may be over. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images.

As we wait to hear an official update from the Astros on the health of Jose Urquidy and Cristian Javier, we're beginning to see reports from sources that Urquidy will have to undergo another Tommy John Surgery.

General manager Dana Brown recently gave an update on the pitchers, saying they were waiting on some second opinions and that they should be able to reveal the club's plan of action by this Thursday.

Hopefully, both pitchers are able to avoid the dreaded TJ surgery, but if Urquidy is seeking a second opinion, one would assume the first opinion told him the surgery was necessary.

If Urquidy does indeed have the surgery, there's a decent chance we've seen the last of him in an Astros uniform. He will be a free agent after the 2025 season, and may not have enough time to fully recover and play next year.

Urquidy has pitched in 5 seasons for the Astros, going 27-16 with a 3.98 career ERA.

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Jose Abreu is no longer an Astro. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros released José Abreu on Friday, cutting ties with the former AL MVP less than halfway through a three-year, $58.5 million contract.

The 37-year-old Abreu was batting .124 (14 for 113) with two homers and seven RBIs this season, during which he spent time in the minors trying to fix his swing. The Astros still owe him $30.8 million from the deal he signed before last season.

A three-time All-Star during his nine years with the Chicago White Sox, Abreu was named MVP during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 after defecting from his native Cuba the previous year.

His production dropped off significantly with the Astros. He batted .237 last year, the lowest average of his career, with 18 homers and 90 RBIs.

Abreu is a career .283 hitter with 263 homers and 960 RBIs in 11 seasons.

Houston owes him $30,822,504, including $11,322,504 remaining from this year’s salary and $19.5 million for 2025. Any team can sign him for a prorated share of the $740,000 major league minimum, with the Astros responsible for the rest.

Be sure to watch the video above as Charlie Pallilo, Brandon Strange, and Josh Jordan of Stone Cold 'Stros react to the news.

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