Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 6 days ago

Valbuena is batting .429 (15-for-35) with five doubles and two home runs through 13 spring training games.

Matt Dominguez got the start at third base Wednesday and went 1-for-5, lowering his spring average to .250. None of Dominguez's nine hits this spring have gone for extra bases. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told MLB.com earlier this month that Valbuena is "going to play a lot" this season, suggesting Valbuena will be the primary option at third to start the year, though Hinch stopped short of naming him the full-time starter. The 29-year-old Valbuena could still find himself on the bench against lefties.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 4 weeks ago

Valbuena went 2-for-2 with a solo home run Thursday in the Astros' 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies.

Valbuena, who was acquired by the Astros via trade in January, homered in the fourth inning off Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. He'll compete with Matt Dominguez this spring for the Astros' starting third base spot.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 2 months ago

Valbuena has been traded to the Astros in the Dexter Fowler deal.

Valbuena will compete for the Astros' starting third base spot and could be considered the favorite with Matt Dominguez continuing to trend downward. The hole left at third in Chicago could be filled by Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella, or Arismendy Alcantara.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 2 months ago

Valbuena avoided arbitration with the Cubs with a one-year, $4.2 million deal, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Valbuena enjoyed a strong 2014, manning third base and registering an above-average .776 OPS. Going forward, the question if if the 29-year-old is supplanted by the tidal wave of youthful talent the Cubs have coming in.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 6 months ago

Valbuena went 1-for-3 Monday as the Cubs were shutout by the Cardinals.

The infielder is now in the midst of a six-game hitting streak as his strong 2014 continues on. Valbuena has already set career highs with 16 home runs and 51 RBI with a week still to play this season.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 6 months ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Friday against the Dodgers

Valbuena is batting just .231 against left-handed pitching this season, and with the Cubs facing one of the best southpaws in the game in Clayton Kershaw, it made sense to give him a day off. Righty Mike Olt will man the hot corner in Valbuena's stead.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 7 months ago

Valbuena went 2-for-4 in the Cubs' loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

With Anthony Rizzo (back) on the shelf, Valbuena has been positioned in the heart of the order for the Cubs in recent weeks. He's now hitting .247/.328/.445 on the year, but it's likely that he's auditioning for a role elsewhere in 2015 as the Cubs have a slew of younger options pounding on the door for big league roster spots.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 7 months ago

Valbuena is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

Valbuena will get the night off with the Cubs facing Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano. Chris Valaika will get the start at third base in Valbuena's place.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 7 months ago

Valbuena went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Wednesday in a loss to the Giants.

Valbuena has collected six hits over the last three games, doubling his total for the month. The third baseman is slashing .242/.324/.423 on the year.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 7 months ago

Valbuena (illness) is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Mets, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Valbuena was limited to pinch-hit duty in the first two games of the series due to illness, but will return to the hot corner Sunday afternoon. Having collected just one base knock since August 7, Valbuena will look to break out of his slump from the five-spot in the lineup.