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Jose Altuve went 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the Astros' 7-6 loss to the Giants on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Altuve hasn't been himself this year and is batting just .187 with three homers and a .598 OPS. Even in a shortened season it's too early to assume that he has fallen off as a hitter. Fantasy owners are encouraged to remain patient here.

Category: Game Recaps

Alex Bregman went 1-for-2 with a homer and three walks as the Astros fell to the Giants 7-6 on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Bregman is now hitting .232 with four homers, nine RBI, and an .839 OPS. It's not quite the start fantasy owners were hoping for when using a first-round pick on him, but we simply need to remain patient right now.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Pressly suffered his second blown save of the year in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Pressly was trusted with a one-run lead in the ninth inning but failed to preserve it. He has now blown 2-of-3 save chances since taking over the closer role due to Roberto Osuna's injury. Pressly has a fantastic track record of success in recent years, but he hasn't looked like himself this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Bielak received a no-decision on Tuesday against the Giants, allowing two runs over five innings while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: It was a solid, if unspectacular, outing from Bielak. The 24-year-old has now given up two runs over 10 innings in the two games he has started since joining Houston's rotation. Bielak is an interesting deep-league streamer who gets the Rockies at home next time out.

Category: Game Recaps

Astros outfielder George Springer remains out of the lineup Tuesday as he continues to work his way back from a wrist injury. This will be the fifth straight game Springer has missed. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The Athletic's Jake Kaplan reports on Twitter that "Dusty Baker made it sound like he’s targeting Friday for George Springer’s return to the lineup but acknowledged that Springer might try to talk him into playing tomorrow. The Astros are off Thursday."

Category: Transactions

Kyle Tucker swiped his third base of the year in Monday's 6-5 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Tucker was hitless in this one, which dropping his season-long batting line to .190/.230/.328. He simply hasn't caught fire the way many fantasy analysts were hoping for. Still, the stolen base is at least a valuable consolation prize from Monday night.

Category: Game Recaps

Lance McCullers rebounded from a disastrous outing last time out to spin seven scoreless innings on Monday against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: McCullers improved to 2-1 by allowing just one hit while striking out five and walking none. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and was simply brilliant against San Francisco. McCullers got lit up by the Diamondbacks in his most recent start, but this one should make fantasy manager confident in him moving forward. He gets the Mariners on Sunday for his next outing.

Category: Game Recaps

Yordan Alvarez (undisclosed) received six plate appearances in Sunday's intrasquad game, hitting a homer, a single, and walking three times. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez also doubled twice on Saturday, which is a sign that his bat is looking good. The Astros recently said he is still without a timetable to return, however. We should get another update sometime early this week. If Alvarez continues to mash in these intrasquad games one would figure that Houston will expedite his return.

The Astros transferred RHP Roberto Osuna to the 45-day injured list. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It's a procedural move as Osuna is lost for the season. He's expected to undergo Tommy John surgery soon, which could sideline him until 2022.

Category: Injury Updates

Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored in the Astros' 7-2 loss to the A's on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Brantley missed some time last week with a minor quad issue but has played four straight games now. However, he went just 1-for-16 in those contents. Still, he's worth starting in fantasy this week.

Category: Game Recaps

Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, a walk, and two RBI as the Astros fell to the A's 7-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: The homer was Gurriel's third of the year on a day where the rest of Houston's lineup couldn't get much going. He's now batting .271 with an .854 OPS in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

Cristian Javier fell to 1-1 on Sunday against Oakland, giving up five runs on on three hits over three innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: All three hits Javier allowed came via the long ball. He also struck out five and walked two in the outing. Fantasy managers are encouraged to hang onto Javier ahead of his next start against the Mariners.

Category: Game Recaps

Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Justin Verlander (forearm) is "not progressing as quickly as he'd like." (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander was placed on the IL after just one start this year. It was initially reported that he would be out for the season but Verlander quickly refuted that. However, it now appears that his rehab isn't going as well as he was hoping for. Fantasy owners are encouraged to stash him in an IL slot until we receive more information.

Category: Injury Updates

Framber Valdez was impressive in Saturday's start against the Athletics, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out nine.

Fantasy Impact: Valdez gave up two runs but just one was earned. He also allowed seven hits and one walk as he unfortunately took the loss. The 26-year-old now has a 2.04 ERA on the season and should be immediately picked up in most leagues. Start with with confidence in his next outing against the Mariners.

Category: Game Recaps

Zack Greinke received a no-decision on Friday against the A's, striking out five and walking one over six shutout innings.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke allowed five hits in the outing and now boasts an even 3.00 ERA on the season. Friday night was easily his best start of the season. He'll look to keep things rolling next time out against the Giants.

Category: Game Recaps

The Astros transferred RHP Austin Pruitt to the 60-day injured list. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It's a procedural move. Pruitt is out for the 2020 season with an elbow injury.

Category: Injury Updates

Carlos Correa went 1-for-4 in the Astros' Thursday night loss to the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Correa has now hit safely in 11-of-12 games this season, batting .386 overall. He has always had the talent to be a meaningful fantasy contributor if he stayed healthy, which he has so far. The 25-year-old is certainly rewarding fantasy owners who believed in his diminished ADP this summer.

Category: Game Recaps

Astros LHP Kent Emanuel has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Emanuel tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is a banned substance. The suspension will last into the 2021 season.

Brad Peacock (shoulder) threw off a mound on Thursday. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peacock is on the IL with soreness in his right shoulder. It's nice to see him taking a positive step forward but it remains to be seen if the 32-year-old will be able to pitch again this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Astros manager Dusty Baker says Jose Urquidy (undisclosed) has begun throwing off a mound. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urquidy has missed the entire season so far due to undisclosed reasons. The Astros could certainly use him right now as their pitching staff has been depleted with injuries. Urquidy will return sooner if he does so as a reliever. It's unclear what role Houston is planning to have him serve as of now.