The Houston Astros announced last night that P Jose Cisnero will undergo Tommy John surgery next week. Cisnero, 25, threw just 4.2 innings this season, allowing four runs while striking out five over the course of five appearances. If Cisnero doesn’t suffer any setbacks in his recovery, there’s a chance we could see the relief pitcher back with the Astros to start the 2015 season, though a summertime timetable seems more likely. Check out the rest of the links for more on Houston sports.
Anthony Bass’ fastball has seen an uptick of nearly 2 mph this season, sitting at 95.21 compared to 93.42 mph, per BrooksBaseball.net. The Astros righty reliever worked in the offseason to improve his delivery — using backside more, not letting his arm drift — and he believes that’s what’s led to the welcome increase. He’s using the fastball more often, understandably.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) on Jose Cisnero.
- Kennon Riley (Climbing Tal’s Hill) takes a look at the Astros batting order.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Astros beat the Rangers at Minute Maid Park for the first time since Opening Day 2013, snapping 10-game losing streak.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 14, 2014
- Adam Wexler (CSN Houston) takes a look at the Rockets bench players from this past season.
Omer Asik asked to be traded both before the season and during the season, suffered knee and thigh injuries that kept him out of action for 31 games, and started just eight games in the regular season after starting all 82 in his first year with Houston. Yet, without him in the playoffs, Houston might have been swept by the Blazers.
- Jason Friedman (HoustonRockets.com) recaps the year that was for Troy Daniels.
- John Wilmes (Bleacher Report) asks if it’s a make or break for Kevin McHale.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
@Beast_Status25 yessir next year will be better
- Sean Pendergast (Houston Press) on Tom Savage’s odds of being successful.
I disagree with the Texans’ assessment of Manziel (and Teddy Bridgewater, for that matter, whom they also could’ve traded back up for at 32), but agreed with their subsequent strategy once they passed on him, whereby they waited until the fourth round to take a quarterback. (They could’ve waited two more rounds, for all I cared, at that point.) If you’re not going to draft a quarterback early, no reason to burn valuable second- and third-round picks on one whose chances of becoming the “face of the franchise” are minimal.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) on Brooks Reed‘s move to ILB.
- Chris Wessling (NFL.com) on the salary cap indications to trading Andre Johnson.
- Texans tweet of the day…
If Texans thought Johnson would be a long-term issue, they would have drafted a WR. They didn’t. He’ll be back, just a matter of when. — John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 13, 2014
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