The Astros have selected Framber Valdez as the option for today's Triple-A game as the team told reporters ( Twitter link about Chandler Rome's Houston Chronicle). The move creates a vacancy in the Houston rotation, as Valdez had served as the fifth starter. A corresponding team change will be announced tomorrow.
Valdez had a hard night in a 14-2 loss to the Houston Pirates when he was ambushed for six runs with eight goals and a walk in three innings of work. This was the second clunker in a row for 25-year-old Southpaw, who netted the Yankees five runs in 3 1
The Stros will have two days off the schedule next week so they can navigate a journey through the rotation without relying on a fifth starter. However, it is worth considering whether to give Valdez a different view or to explore another possibility. The team just released Collin McHugh from the injury list, although he had trouble with the rotation earlier this season. The Astros have also tried out Corbin Martin in this role, but he was hit hard in the big leagues and did not thrive in three starts since he was sent back. Rogelio Armentero's will not be an option for another nine days (with the exception of a MLB squad injury), as he received only one Triple-A option yesterday. He did not excel in Triple-A anyway. Top Views Forrest Whitley has been struggling with shoulder problems lately and is currently not an option.
All of these uncertainties could cause the Astros to sometime look outward rotation assistance. Currently they are leading the Rangers with 5.5 games. So there's no need to make a deal on short notice, but that's a tighter race than many expected in the American League West. Injuries of some star players (eg Jose Altuve George Springer Carlos Correa ) did not help Houston even though they are nearly full in the Bundesliga At this time, only Correa was among the team's regulars , However, the rotation was largely viewed as a partial operation in the season, and it is expected that the Astros will at least explore their options – especially with Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley becoming free agents at the end of the season.