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Astros All-Star Framber Valdez scratched elbow pain and will see team doctors

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez, a two-time All-Star, was scratched from a scheduled start Monday with elbow soreness, the team announced.

According to MLB.com, Valdez felt pain while playing catch on Sunday and traveled to Houston on Monday morning to be examined by team doctors. He was previously scheduled to start against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.

Astros manager Joe Espada and general manager Dana Brown Reportedly downplayed the severity of the situation by noting that the team had not yet placed Valdez on the 15-day injured list, but admitted that they would not know the full story until doctors took a closer look:

“The fact that we didn’t put him on the IL is a good sign, we’ll see what the doctors say,” Espada said.

In the meantime, the Astros called up Blair Henley from Triple-A Sugar Land to make his MLB debut against the Rangers on Monday. Henley, a seventh-round pick out of Texas in 2019, posted a 5.06 ERA in Double-A last season.

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Valdez has earned Cy Young votes and an All-Star nod for the Astros in each of the past two seasons, posting a 3.13 ERA in 399 1/3 combined innings. He got off to a strong start this season, posting a 2.19 ERA in 12 1/3 innings across two starts.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Framber Valdez #59 of the Houston Astros looks on prior to Game Six of the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2023 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros are holding their breath on Framber Valdez. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros’ stated optimism likely won’t stop fans from being concerned about the possibility of another major pitcher injury given the week the league has had. Cleveland Guardians ace Shane Bieber, Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider and Miami Marlins star Eury Pérez have all been placed on the IL with elbow injuries. Bieber and Pérez will undergo Tommy John surgery, while Strider will get a second opinion.

The situation has renewed the discourse on how to prevent such injuries in the modern MLB, where pitchers throw harder than ever before, try to spin the ball more than ever before, are prohibited from using sticky things to improve retention. ball easier. On some at-bats, don’t wait more than 15 seconds before throwing the ball.

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The MLB Players Association has focused on the fielding clock as a possible cause, an idea that MLB immediately pushed back.

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