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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Chad Qualls, Jesse Crain, Matt Albers

By on 9/13/2014 06:00:00 PM

The Houston Astros hope to have closer Chad Qualls back by the end of the season, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Qualls has been unavailable since Tuesday with a mysterious right hip injury. He describes it as a warm sensation, which leads him to believe that it may be a nerve injury. “I always thought it would kind of go away,” Qualls said to Drellich on Wednesday in Seattle, before the Astros’ off-day Thursday. “A couple days ago I finally said, ‘This isn’t going away, I need to do something.’ “I don’t know if it’s just tight hip or something like that that’s putting pressure on kind of a nerve back there, get like just a warm feeling — just in like a six-inch feeling just down kind of the side of my leg. When I sit down or laid down it wouldn’t hurt, and then if I walk around it gets irritated.” “I just think something’s just a little bit out of whack,” Qualls said. “Get the hip set, or (get the) hip back in place and kind of release some tension in that area. Your hip can kind of be rotated forward or backwards just through the course of the season. It might be putting pressure on something in that general area. Like I said, I’ve tried a few different things.”

Jesse Crain is out for the season, having not made one apperance this season for Houston, after a complicated and unpredictable recovery from right biceps tendon surgery, which is not a common injury for a baseball player. Astros owner Jim Crane said at the start of September that Crain wouldn’t pitch, and Crain said during the Astros’ last homestand that he is improving, but a return remained a clear long shot.

Matt Albers is also out for the season, after being diagnosed with tendinitis in his right shoulder in April. His last appearance came on April 22nd.

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