Here's what injured finger could mean for Framber Valdez, Astros
Framber Valdez injured the ring finger on his pitching hand on Tuesday, and the results of an X-ray showed a "slight fracture in that finger," according to Astros manager, Dusty Baker, who spoke about the injury on Thursday. You can see the play that caused the fracture in the video above. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported on Thursday that surgery has been recommended to repair the finger, and that could cause Valdez to miss the entire season.
With Valdez out, the Astros will explore all options, likely including free agents. Other options include in-house pitchers with good arms like Luis Garcia and Forrest Whitley. They had guys including Valdez emerge last year and may employ an “all hands on deck" approach to start https://t.co/oupF3wtPyU
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 4, 2021
For now, it looks like the Astros and their doctors are still evaluating the situation, and perhaps they will know more after the swelling goes down. Valdez was able to stay in the game after sustaining the injury on Tuesday, so there's a possibility this isn't a worst-case scenario for Valdez and the Astros. Either way, this is a big blow for Houston as Valdez looked like the best pitcher in the rotation by the end of the ALCS last year, and this will clearly impact his preparation for the season and possibly cause him to miss some time.