Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 3 weeks ago

Valbuena is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.

With Houston closing out the first half against left-handed Matt Moore, it comes as no surprise to see Valbuena out of the lineup. Unless he adds to his totals as a pinch-hitter, Valbuena will enter the break with 19 homers, 36 RBI, 43 runs and a stolen base, but with a .199/.285/.430 batting line.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 3 weeks ago

Valbuena (toe) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Indians, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Valbuena missed the last three games due to a sprained big toe, but he's back at his usual third base spot Thursday. He'll bat cleanup against Cleveland starter Cody Anderson.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 3 weeks ago

Valbuena (toe) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Indians.

Valbuena sprained his left big toe over the weekend, and he'll remain out of the lineup for the third straight day. Marwin Gonzalez will draw another start at the hot corner in Valbuena's place.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 3 weeks ago

Valbuena (toe) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Indians.

Diagnosed with a sprained toe following X-rays on Monday, Valbuena will be out of the lineup for a second straight game. Marwin Gonzalez will get the start at third base, while Valbuena can still be considered day-to-day.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 4 weeks ago

Valbuena was diagnosed with a sprained left big toe following X-rays on Monday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

With Valbuena day-to-day with the injury, Marwin Gonzalez will draw the start at third base for Monday's game against the Indians. The Astros will see how Valbuena progresses in the next couple days before determining if a trip to the DL is necessary, but with an extended gap in the schedule coming next week with the All-Star break, he wouldn't have to miss much action if the injury proves to be a short-term situation.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 4 weeks ago

Valbuena (toe) is not in the lineup Monday against the Indians.

Valbuena has been bothered by soreness in his big toe recently, and he'll be held out Monday and should be considered day-to-day. Marwin Gonzalez will take Valbuena's spot at third base.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 4 weeks ago

Valbuena has been bothered recently by some soreness in his big toe, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Valbuena didn't seem too bothered by the injury at Fenway Park this weekend, going 4-for-12 with three walks, though he still hasn't gone deep since June 23. He might get a day or two off this week, but it doesn't sound as if he's in any immediate danger of missing extended time.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

With the Astros facing left-handed Danny Duffy, it will be Marwin Gonzalez starting at third base. Valbuena sometimes stays in the lineup against southpaws, but he only has a .165/.242/.353 slash line against them this season, albeit with five home runs in 85 at-bats.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena hit two home runs Tuesday against the Angels as part of a 3-for-5 game with three runs scored and three RBI.

Valbuena now has six home runs in his past 10 games played and continues to have one of the best power seasons for a sub-.200 hitter since Mark McGwire hit 29 home runs (.187/.316/.492) for the 2001 Cardinals. Valbuena sits at .195/.269/.456 after his latest outburst. McGwire is the only hitter ever to hit more than 20 home runs, bat under .200 and slug over .450. Valbuena will join that club if things keep up in one of the weirdest seasons in recent memory.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Monday against the Astros.

With lefty Hector Santiago on the hill, manager A.J. Hinch will counter with a right-handed heavy lineup, meaning Valbuena will find himself on the bench. Marwin Gonzalez will cover third base in place of Valbuena.