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The rash of injuries to pitchers that are requiring Tommy John surgery this season won’t be immune to the Astros, who announced Tuesday right-handed reliever Jose Cisnero will undergo the procedure next week.
Cisnero, who suffered a strained ulnar collateral ligament last week in Detroit, was examined Tuesday by team physical Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff, who recommended surgery. Mehlhoff will perform the surgery in Houston.
“You know it happens in the industry and you see it happen to other players, but you don’t expect it to happen to you,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
Cisnero was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 25 and appeared in five games with the Astros. He shares the same agent with former Astros pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, who underwent the surgery shortly after he was traded to the A’s last February.
“He’s been able to talk to him about the experience and he knows what to expect,” Luhnow said. “He’s young and he’s got a good arm and I’m sure he’ll come back.”
Meanwhile, Luhnow said veteran right-handed reliever Matt Albers received a cortisone shot Tuesday in his right shoulder and won’t throw a baseball for 10 days while he recovers from tendinitis. He’s been on the disabled list since April 22.
The good news for the Astros is an MRI showed some inflammation, but no structural damage to Albers’ shoulder.
“It’s going to be longer than we originally expected, but it’s not anything that will hinder him long term,” Luhnow said.
With Jesse Crain (biceps tendinitis surgery) having not pitched this year and Albers limited to eight games, two of the three veteran relievers the Astros acquired to improve their bullpen are now on the shelf.
“It’s a setback,” Luhnow said. “I talked to Crain and he’s feeling better every day. We’re still unclear as to his return. That’s why you try and build up as much depth as you can. Clearly, two-thirds of our master plan to fix the bullpen is not available, and that hurts. We’ll overcome it. Fortunately, both of them are expected to return and hopefully they’ll come back and contribute. In the meantime, the other guys will step up and it provides opportunity.”
The Astros play host to the Oakland A’s this weekend at Minute Maid Park for only the second time in history. The team are now in the same division, but both sides have a handful of players who are very familiar with the opposition. Brad Peacock is on the mound for the Astros, facing his former team in his first action since 2011. Astros starting pitchers have a 2.08 ERA in the team’s first three games.
The Astros made some news today:
- The team designated right-handed pitcher Edgar Gonzalez for assignment to clear a roster spot for newly-acquired left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. Blackley, whom was acquired from the Oakland Athletics yesterday, will be with the Astros for tonight’s game and will wear No. 54. He was 6-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 28 games, including 15 starts, with San Francisco (4 games) and Oakland (24 games) last season. Gonzalez, who has been with the Astros since last season, did not appear in the first three games of the 2013 season. The Astros 40-man roster is now at 40.
- Luhnow also announced today that right-handed pitcher Alex White will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John) on his right elbow next week. White left his last start on Friday (March 29) vs. the Cubs after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow.
Here are the lineups:
2B Jose Altuve
1B Brett Wallace
LF Chris Carter
DH Carlos Pena
CF Justin Maxwell
RF Rick Ankiel
C Jason Castro
3B Matt Dominguez
SS Marwin Gonzalez
RHP Brad Peacock
CF Coco Crisp
SS Jed Lowrie
RF Josh Reddick
LF Yoenis Cespedes
DH Seth Smith
C John Jason
3B Josh Donaldson
2B Eric Sogard
1B Nate Freiman
RHP Dan Straily
Astros left-handed relief pitcher Sergio Escalona was told Saturday he had a torn ligament in his left elbow and will have to undergo Tommy John surgery next week in Houston. He will miss the entire 2012 season.
Escalona, 27, appeared in 49 games for the Astros last year and went 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA as the team’s left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.
“Obviously, Sergio is an effective left-handed pitcher and we’re going to have to find someone to replace him,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “It’s definitely a setback.”
Escalona injured his elbow swinging a bat early in the spring and only pitched in two Grapefruit League games because of discomfort. An MRI taken on Escalona’s elbow Friday at Florida Hospital revealed the tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
“They told me there were two options,” Escalona told MLB.com. “One option was shutting down half of the season and start recovering again. I didn’t want to take the chance. The thing is, they told me you can do that but if you start hurting again at the end of the season you have to take the surgery anyway. The best option is take the surgery right now and get ready for the next Spring Training. It’s going to be a long year for me doing the rehab.”
Escalona was acquired by the Astros in a trade with the Phillies on Jan. 10, 2011 and was a valuable bullpen piece.
“I thought this was going to be my year in the big leagues,” Escalona said. “You have to learn to handle things this. I’m OK with that. What can I say?”
The Astros have left-handers Wesley Wright and Fernando Abad still in camp, as well as veteran Zach Duke, who’s competing for a spot in the bullpen and in the rotation.
“This probably makes us think about Duke’s role if he doesn’t win a spot in the rotation,” Luhnow said. “[Xavier] Cedeno pitched well, even though he was re-assigned [Friday]. He’s pitched well and he’s shown he’s got some future as a lefty out of the bullpen. There are some options and we’re not panicking. We’d prefer to have a healthy Sergio on the team, but it’s not to be and we’re going to move onto plan B.”