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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Alex Presley, Jason Castro, Dexter Fowler, Brady Aiken

By on 7/08/2014 02:40:00 PM

UPDATE 14:40 ET: Presley has indeed been placed on the 15-day DL, as reported by Brian McTaggart. Robbie Grossman has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the roster.

Original article:

Houston Astros center fielder Alex Presley appears to be DL-bound after suffering an oblique strain during last night's win over the Texas Rangers. The Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich tweeted that an Astros source had told him Presley would be placed on the DL:
Earlier in the night, Presley had left the game in pain after fouling a ball off, as reported by's Brian McTaggart. The Astros are officially calling the injury a strained right oblique. L.J. Hoes pinch hit for Presley and then played right field as George Springer moved over to center. The Astros could have an experienced replacement for Presley imminently as Dexter Fowler still hopes to play before the All-Star break. Fowler got a PRP shot before rejoining the team yesterday and told Drellich that is his goal if at all possible. The outfielder is eligible to return from the DL on Saturday.

Presley wasn't the only bad news of the night for the Astros, as Jason Castro was out with an unspecified injury in his 'left armpit area', per McTaggart. Speaking to McTaggart, Castro was baffled by the problem, which started on Sunday and had continued on into Monday morning, calling it "kind of strange". Carlos Corporan filled in at catcher and picked up three hits as Houston pounded Texas pitching.

There is also some speculation that medical issues are delaying the signing of number one draft pick Brady Aiken. McTaggart reports that GM Jeff Luhnow will not comment on the rumors circulating about the high-school pitcher after the 17-year-old came to Houston with his family to sign a deal but left with nothing confirmed. Earlier in the day, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that an issue with Aiken's elbow ligament had been revealed during medicals and the Astros were now trying to get him to sign for $5 million rather than the $6.5 million originally expected. McTaggart notes that Houston has until July 18th to sign Aiken, otherwise they will lose the chance to sign him and essentially receive the number two overall pick in next year's draft as compensation, providing Aiken is offered 40% of the slot value.

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