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Friday, July 25, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Dexter Fowler, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain

By on 7/25/2014 07:00:00 PM

The Houston Astros don’t expect to get center fielder Dexter Fowler, relief pitcher Matt Albers or relief pitcher Jesse Crain back off the disabled list anytime soon, reports Brian McTaggart of

Fowler has been on the disabled list since June 27 with an intercostal strain in his right side. The Astros hoped Fowler would be fully recovered following the All-Star break, but he doesn’t appear close to returning to game action.

The 28-year-old has been unable to swing a bat yet, meaning a lengthy rehab could be ahead of him. Fowler is travelling with the team and said he is “starting to feel a little bit better” with each passing day.

Before the injury, Fowler had hit well at the top of Houston’s lineup, posting a .270/.377/.396 line. The Astros are short on outfielders at the moment, as both George Springer and Alex Presley are out with injuries. 

Albers appeared in just eight games to begin the year before being placed on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. He is making slow progress with his recovery and may not be able to pitch at the major league level again until next season.

Crain hasn’t pitched at all this season while recovering from biceps surgery last October. The Astros believe his arm is feeling better, but he still needs to build up strength in the back of his shoulder.

Houston hopes both Crain and Albers will be able to throw off a mound in the next 10 days, which would be a big step in their respective rehabs.   

Despite not having Crain or Albers available in the bullpen, the Astros will likely be looking to sell Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls at the trade deadline. 

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