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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Pitching prospect Vincent Velasquez strains lat in AFL

By on 11/06/2014 06:00:00 AM

Although the Houston Astros finished 28 games out of first place in the American League West with a 70-92 record, improvement was made from the team that won just 51 games in 2013. Looking forward, the Astros still need to improve both offensively and on the mound, as they ranked 21st in runs scored and 25th in team ERA. One young prospect to watch is pitcher Vincent Velasquez, who strained his lat in his second to last AFL game.

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Brian McTaggart of reported that Velasquez, the Astros' eighth ranked prospect by, strained his right lat during Tuesday's AFL game.  Although Velasquez pitched just two-thirds of an inning in his second to last start of the season for Salt River, he is not concerned about the injury.
"I had a little strain in my lat, but it's that mental bump I have to get over. It's something not to be worried about. It's something, a little minor issue. You get back on your feet tomorrow and see how it feels and treat it the way it should be and see how things go."

Velasquez, a 22-year old right-hander, went 7-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 15 games for Class A Lancaster. In 55 1/3 innings, he allowed 45 hits and walked 23, while striking out 72.  He started the season pitching for Astros rookie league team, going 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 8 2/3 innings, striking out 19.

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