Houston Astros reveal significant injury updates


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It looks like at least another ten days before Kyle Tucker returns. Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images.

After a huge series sweep of the Orioles over the weekend, the Astros hope to keep things rolling against the Rockies on Tuesday and Wednesday.

And while the Astros seem to be firing on all cylinders, they do have some important players they hope can return from injury in the coming days.

Astros manager Joe Espada joined the club's flagship station on Tuesday and provided some health updates. According to Espada, Justin Verlander is not progressing as fast as they had hoped. He is still not throwing.

Kyle Tucker is at least taking swings off a tee, and could start running soon. It also appears Jake Bloss may have dodged a bullet, and could return after his IL stint.

Astros GM weighs in on Tucker

Dana Brown joined MLB Network on Tuesday and said Tucker is still “very sore.” As far as a timeline for his return, Brown said the Astros will be “very happy” if he can get back in ten days. Based on Brown's reaction, ten days sounds like a best case scenario. Two weeks could be closer to the real number.

We hope that means Joey Loperfido will get every chance to prove himself in the meantime.

The Astros will look to keep their winning streak going against the Rockies on Tuesday night. Here's a sneak peek at their lineup with Hunter Brown making the start.

Altuve 2B

Bregman 3B

Alvarez DH

Diaz C

Pena SS

Meyers CF

Dubon 1B

McCormick RF

Loperfido LF

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Raners defeat the Astros, 4-2. Composite Getty Image.

Josh Smith homered twice with four RBIs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Smith had a two-run shot in the first and added another one with two outs in the eighth to push the lead to 4-1. It’s the first multi-homer game of the 26-year-old’s career.

The Rangers won the last two games of the series after dropping Friday’s opener 6-3. They also got a 2-1 victory Saturday thanks to Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI single in the 10th inning.

Jake Meyers cut the lead to 1 with a solo home run in the third but the Astros went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position to fall to 50-46 entering the All-Star break.

Texas starter Max Scherzer allowed four hits and a run with six strikeouts in four-plus innings in his fifth start of the season.

Jon Singleton walked before a single by Jeremy Peña with no outs in the ninth. There was one out in the inning when Singleton scored on a groundout by Joey Loperfido to cut the lead to 4-2. Trey Cabbage grounded out to end it and give Kirby Yates his 16th save.

Ronel Blanco (9-4) permitted two hits and two runs with five strikeouts in six innings. He settled down after his tough first inning and retired the last 12 batters he faced.

Marcus Semien singled to start the game but was out at second when Corey Seager grounded into a foreceout. Smith gave the Rangers an early lead with his towering shot to the second deck to make it 2-0.

Meyers opened Houston’s third with a shot to the seats in left field to cut the lead to 2-1. Jose Altuve singled with two outs and stole second base but Scherzer struck out Alex Bregman for the third out.

The Astros had a shot to tie it or take the lead in the fifth. Peña and Meyers both singled before Loperfido walked to load the bases with no outs in the inning and chase Scherzer. Josh Sborz (2-0) took over and escaped the jam by striking out Mauricio Dubón before retiring Altuve on a pop up and Bregman on a groundout to end the inning.

Seager walked with two outs in the eighth before Smith connected again to give him 10 home runs this season.

Altuve reached on a fielding error by Smith with one out in the eighth before Bregman singled off José Leclerc. Jacob Latz took over and struck out Yordan Alvarez before Yainer Diaz grounded out to leave Houston emptyhanded again.


Rangers: 3B Josh Jung (fractured right wrist) swung 15 times off a tee using a regular bat Sunday. Manager Bruce Bochy said he would continue increasing his activity during the break as he nears a rehabilitation assignment.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (neck discomfort) threw a bullpen session of 25 pitches Sunday. Manager Joe Espada said he looked “really good” and would throw another bullpen session during the break.

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