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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (elbow) is back at second base and is leading off on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Dean Kremer. Altuve missed Thursday's game after getting hit in the elbow by a pitch earlier this week, but he'll be back for the weekend series against Baltimore. Fantasy managers can go ahead and insert the 32-year-old veteran back into their starting lineups. Altuve has been scorching hot in the month of September, going 24-for-69 (.348) with three home runs, five RBI, 16 runs scored and six stolen bases in 18 games, and he's riding a modest four-game hitting streak going into Friday's game against the O's.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (elbow) is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Altuve left Wednesday's game early after he was hit by a pitch on the elbow, so he'll take a day off on Thursday. The good news is that X-rays came back negative and he expects to be back in the lineup on Friday against Baltimore. With Altuve on the bench, veteran utility man Aledmys Diaz will start at second base and bat seventh against Orioles right-hander Kyle Bradish. Diaz has only played in five games so far in the month of September, but he's gone 6-for-18 (.333) with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (elbow) was pulled out of Wednesday's contest after getting hit by a pitch. The organization believes that the veteran infielder has avoided a serious injury. He has been diagnosed with left elbow discomfort and is considered day-to-day. It doesn't sound like something that is going to cost Altuve more than a game or two. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups accordingly.
Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly fired a scoreless ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. The right-hander earned himself his 30th save of the season during this contest. Pressley has converted 30 of his 34 save opportunities this season, which is fairly solid. He holds a strong 2.91 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 57/10 K/BB across 45 appearances this season. The 30-save mark is always a nice accomplishment for a relief pitcher.
Houston Astros starter Cristian Javier earned the win on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander gave up four walks and a hit in five scoreless frames. He also struck out six batters on the day. Overall, he generated 17 swinging strikes on 90 pitches and logged a 30% CSW rate. Of his 17 swinging strikes, 13 came via his four-seam fastball. All told this season, the 25-year-old has pitched to a 2.77 ERA, a 3.34 FIP, 179 strikeouts, and 50 walks in 136.2 innings of work. He's made 28 appearances, 23 of which have been starts, for the Astros so far. Tuesday's win was his 10th of the year.