Pitcher - Houston Astros
Height: 5' 11"
Date of Birth: November 19, 1993 (27 years old)
Astros' Framber Valdez: Starts up throwing program
Astros general manager James Click said Thursday that Valdez (finger) has resumed playing catch off flat ground, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.Just over a month after suffering a fractured left ring finger that was initially expected to require surgery, Valdez is initiating a throwing program. Houston likely won't have a definitive target date for the southpaw's 2021 debut until he reaches the point in his rehab where he's pitching in simulated games or minor-league rehab games, but he'll essentially have to complete his normal spring-training build-up program all over again following his shutdown. If he experiences no discomfort while gradually increasing his throwing distance off flat ground for the next week or two, he could then be cleared to step back on the mound for bullpen sessions.
Astros' Framber Valdez: Outlook remains optimistic
Valdez's (finger) outlook remains positive, with Astros pitching coach Brent Strom saying Tuesday that the "news is very, very exciting and very good," Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.Valdez was previously expected to require season-ending surgery to repair his fractured left ring finger, though that's since been ruled out. He still doesn't have a clear timeline, but it now looks as though those who drafted him before his injury may still get a fair number of starts out of him after all.
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