Framber Valdez He has not yet given up on pitching in 2021. He is considering avoiding surgery and rehabilitating his broken ring finger with a view to returning later this season, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). Previous reports suggested that Valdez could miss the entire season after being recommended for surgery. Clearly, a final decision has yet to be made.
Despite signing Jake odorizzi With a two-year contract, the Astros would, of course, welcome a healthy Valdez back into the fold. Still, the fact that Houston felt the need to come out and close a deal for Odorizzi less than a week after Valdez’s injury suggests they are not as optimistic, writes Athletic’s Jake Kaplan. However, even if Valdez returns, a good amount of time is likely to be wasted.
Valdez, one of the rising stars of the 2020 postseason, pushed his signature curve to a 1.88 ERA in four playoff appearances while striking out 29 percent of opponents. That effort was based on a calmer but no less encouraging 3.57 / 2.85 FIP ERA in 70 ⅔ innings during the regular season.