The Houston Astros led the American League in wins for much of the first half of the season, but due to some injuries they have fallen to second place (by 0.5 games) in the AL West. Houston is missing some key pieces to the puzzle that they hope to be getting back sooner rather than later.
Scott Feldman has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and will start Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers. Feldman suffered a torn right medial meniscus in late May. He made two rehab starts for Double-A Corpus Christi and gave up four runs over eight innings and recording seven strikeouts.
Before being placed on the DL, Feldman posted a 4-4 record in ten starts with a 4.80 ERA and averaged six innings per start. In his 10 starts he has recorded seven quality starts for the Astros and 14 of his last 17 starts have been quality.
Chris Carter will be out of the lineup on Saturday after suffering a sprained ankle in the opening game of the series with the Texas Rangers. When asked how he was feeling about the ankle, he told me that he’s a little bit sore but that he is doing alright. Per Brian McTaggart, Hank Conger has been taking infield practice “everywhere” and Luis Valbuena has been taking infield at first base. Carter is still listed as day-to-day and no moves have been announced. Carter is hitting just .185 on the season but has 15 home runs and is second on the team in RBI’s behind Evan Gattis (54) with 41 RBI’s.
Jed Lowrie took batting practice again on Saturday and the hope is that he can be ready to go in a couple of weeks for a rehab assignment. Lowrie has been sidelined since late April with a a torn ligament his thumb. He told reporters that the biggest thing would be getting comfortable at the plate again, but that BP would help with that. Lowrie was hitting .300 for Houston before the injury with 11 runs scored in 18 games and recorded eight extra base hits (four home runs).