OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
1 month ago

Valbuena was not tendered a qualifying offer Monday, making him a free agent, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena didn't receive as many at-bats in the 2016 season as he had the year prior, but his power was still evident as he posted a .459 slugging percentage and a .199 ISO. At age 30, it's unlikely he'll receive a huge contract, although now that he won't cost a draft pick upon signing, he could command a bit more value on the open market.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
3 months ago

Valbuena successfully underwent hamstring surgery Thursday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move to go under the knife spelled the end of Valbuena's season, but everything went as expected and he should be ready to go by the start of spring training. The 30-year-old will enter free agency coming off of one of the better seasons of his career, in which he slashed .260/.357/.459 to go along with 13 home runs and 40 RBI.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
3 months ago

Manager A.J. Hinch announced Tuesday that Valbuena (hamstring) will undergo season-ending surgery, Julia Morales of ROOT Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

2016 was arguably the best season of Valbuena's career, as he posted an .816 OPS over 90 games, but his campaign will come to an end with over a month remaining in the regular season. While he will head into the offseason recovering from surgery, his strong showing with the bat should help his cause as he enters free agency for the first time. A return to Houston seems like a long shot with Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel both on hand to play third base in 2017.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
3 months ago

Valbuena will have his hamstring examined Wednesday to decide if surgery will be necessary, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena, who's been out since July 27, is entertaining the option of undergoing season ending surgery after recently experiencing a setback in his rehab process. Valbuena's course of action should be known shortly after his examination Wednesday. During his absence, look for Alex Bregman and the newly-called up Yulieski Gurriel to share time at third base.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
4 months ago

Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback in his rehab and has been sent back to Houston, Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena had been traveling with the team under the belief that he was close to getting back on the field, but this news seemingly dashes any hope of an imminent return. Little is know about the situation other than the fact that the setback occurred while Valbuena was running, but manager A.J. Hinch called in a "major setback" for the infielder.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
4 months ago

Valbuena (hamstring) was spotted jogging and stretching prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a good sign that Valbuena is able to work out, but it's not quite clear where he stands in his recovery from his hamstring injury. Alex Bregman will continue seeing regular action at third base while Valbuena remains sidelined.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
4 months ago

Valbuena (hamstring) has yet to resume running, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena, who is eligible for activation from the DL this week, won't join the Astros on their road trip that begins Monday against the Twins, meaning that his return doesn't appear imminent. He'll have to first perform baseball activities before he's cleared to head out on a rehab assignment.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
4 months ago

Valbuena (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There was optimism earlier in the week that Valbuena would be able to avoid a stint on the DL, but after getting the last few days off, he's still not quite ready to get back on the field. The Astros recalled Tyler White from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move Friday to help with depth corner infield depth, but Alex Bregman looks to be the prime candidate to see most of the playing time at the hot corner in Valbuena's absence. Valbuena's placement on the DL is retroactive to July 27, so he'll be eligible to return in mid-August.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
4 months ago

Manager A.J. Hinch indicated after Wednesday's game that Valbuena (hamstring) appears doubtful for Friday's series opener against the Tigers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena tweaked his hamstring in Tuesday's contest against the Yankees, but the team hopes he can avoid a stint on the disabled list. If he indeed misses the game, Alex Bregman could be in line for another start at the hot corner.

OUTLuis Valbuena
1B/3B HOU
4 months ago

The Astros are hopeful that Valbuena (hamstring) will be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena is out of the lineup for Wednesday's meeting with the Yankees after suffering a hamstring injury in Tuesday's contest. Fortunately, Valbuena will get even more time to recover Thursday as the Astros will be traveling to Detroit prior to their weekend series. There is hope that Valbuena will skirt a stint on the disabled list, but given the nature of hamstring injuries, there's no guarantee that he'll be ready to get back on the field by Friday.