March 28, 2023

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Injuries & Roster Moves: Pressly, Alvarez, Jones

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Keep track of the Astros’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

OF/DH Yordan Alvarez (illness)
Expected return:
Alvarez was placed on the injured list April 15 because of “health and safety protocols,” but he didn’t test positive for COVID-19. Alvarez, who said he had a fever for four consecutive days, worked out with the club the final two days in Seattle and should be ready to play the April 18 home opener at Minute Maid Park. — Brian McTaggart (Last updated: April 17)

10-day and 15-day injured lists

IF/OF Taylor Jones (low back discomfort)
Expected return:
Jones was shut down near the end of Spring Training with a back ailment and began the season on the 10-day injured list. He remained in West Palm Beach, Fla., to continue to rehab. Manager Dusty Baker said on April 17 that Jones wasn’t progressing as well as they’d hoped and was sent back to Houston to see a doctor. — Brian McTaggart (Last updated: April 17)

RHP Ryan Pressly (right knee inflammation)
Expected return: April 24
Pressly was placed on the IL on April 16 (retroactive to April 14) and flew to Houston to get the knee examined. The injury is not expected to keep Pressly out long term, the team said, though he had surgery on that knee in 2019. — Brian McTaggart (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (right flexor tendon)
Expected return: TBD
McCullers began a throwing program on April 12 at Chase Field, throwing 25 times from 60 feet. The right-hander, who sustained the injury in Game 4 of last year’s American League Division Series vs. the White Sox and had a setback earlier this year, said he’s been feeling so good physically as of late that the session was bumped up a few days from when it was originally scheduled. McCullers said he doesn’t yet have a long-term timeline, but he said he was scheduled to throw again April 15 in Seattle.

“Always good to get a first day of throwing out of the way and under your belt. Now, you start checking those boxes,” said McCullers, who noted this program will be similar to an “offseason buildup.” — Jake Rill (Last updated: April 12)

OF Jake Meyers (torn labrum in left shoulder)
Expected return: May/June
Meyers begins the season on the 10-day injured list. He underwent surgery Nov. 10 after suffering his injury while making a catch in Game 4 of the ALDS against the White Sox in Chicago. He returned to hitting and started throwing at the start of March and remained in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the start of the regular season to begin his rehab. — Brian McTaggart (Last updated: April 7)

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