SP,RP - HOU - IL10
Astros pitcher Framber Valdez has started throwing again, according to Houston general manager James Click.
It is only on flat ground for now, but it still shows that Valdez is progressing in the right direction nonetheless. Valdez was placed on the 10-day injured list at the beginning of the season with a left ring finger injury. There is still no clear timetable for his return.
The Astros placed LHP Framber Valdez (finger) on the 10-day injured list.
Valdez's finger showed "significant healing" at a recent visit with the doctor. The lefty remains without a timeline to return, but recent news has been encouraging. He's worth stashing in leagues with enough IL spots.
Astros pitching coach Brent Strom said Tuesday that the most recent news on Framber Valdez is "Very, very exciting and very good."
After it initially looked like Valdez might have needed season-ending surgery after fracturing his finger, it sounds like that might not be the case anymore. We will have to wait on more information, but all signs regarding his current progress are very positive.
Houston Astros LHP Framber Valdez, who fractured the ring finger on his pitching hand in early March, has shown "significant healing" and surgery is not recommended after he sought a second opinion from hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin.
There was hope that the lefty may be able to avoid surgery but this puts a near certainty on it. This is welcoming news for both the Astros and fantasy managers alike as there was initial speculation that Valdez could have been out for the year. Valdez was Houston's most reliable starter last season after he put up a 3.57 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 76:16 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings. It's still unknown how long he will be out but he's a worthy injury stash if you have the roster space.
Astros LHP Framber Valdez (ring finger) may avoid season-ending surgery, which was initially recommended.
If Valdez decides to proceed with the surgery, it'll be worth monitoring who the Astros have entered their pitching rotation. Valdez had an ERA of 3.57 with 76 strikeouts in 11 games during the 2020 season.