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MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - INSIDE PITCH

Unable to swing lefthanded, rookie left fielder Robbie Grossman has been one of the Astros' top rookies this year.

He has missed 20 games with a strained right oblique, and now it seems doubtful that he'll play again this season.

"We'll just see," said Grossman, who has been swinging off a tee since Friday right-handed.

"Right now if I had to look at a timetable and go, 'Will Grossman play between now and Sunday?' I would have to say probably not," manager Bo Porter said.

Grossman hit .322 (47-for-147) with nine doubles, four home runs and 18 RBIs after he was called up for his second stint in the majors on July 27. He hasn't played since he was injured on Sept. 3.

"The reports that I keep getting is that he's not able to swing pain free," Porter said. "He has to be able to swing pain free for me to even consider him making a return to the game. With all of the rehab which he's been able to do and the treatment he's been able to get throughout this whole time, what you don't want to happen is him to get back on the field in the last five games and now he blows it out and now he's down for a month into the offseason.

"If there's any doubt whatsoever, for me it's not worth it," Porter continued. "He would have to literally be completely pain-free and you're looking at him and you know he's taking batting practice and there's not any twinge or anything whatsoever and you go, 'You know what, I'm comfortable putting him in the game.'"

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MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 51-108

STREAK: Lost 12

PAST 10 GAMES: 0-10

NEXT: Friday: Yankees (Andy Pettite, 10-11, 3.88) at Astros (Brett Oberholtzer, 4-4, 2.71)

PLAYER NOTES:

--LHP Brett Oberholtzer was credited with his second career complete game in his last outing on Sept. 20 in a six-inning, rain shortened, start against the Indians. The rookie southpaw is 4-4 with a 2.14 ERA in nine starts since joining the rotation in July. The Astros are 5-4 in his starts and his ERA ranks second among American League starters since July 31.

--LHP Dallas Keuchel matched a career-high on Wednesday night against the Rangers -- but not the one he wanted. Keuchel allowed seven runs for the fifth time and is now 1-4 in his last eight starts.

--DH Brandon Laird hit his third homer in September to give the Astros a two-run advantage in Wednesday night's contest against the Rangers. Despite falling 7-3 in the contest, Laird moved into a tie with Chris Carter for the team lead in the month.

--1B Chris Carter went 2-for-4 on Wednesday night in a 7-3 loss against the Rangers. Carter picked up two singles and scored a run in the fourth.

--RHP Rhiner Cruz pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings against Texas on Wednesday night. Cruz gave up a hit and a walk and struck out one.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's one of those things where you have to take accountability for what has happened. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. It is up to us as an organization to fix this." -- Manager Bo Porter, after the Astros losing streak reached 12 with a 7-3 loss to Houston on Wednesday.

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MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--LF Robbie Grossman (sore right oblique) has not played since Sept. 3. He has noted improvement, but is still unlikely to return this season.

--C Jason Castro (right knee sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list Sept. 17. He was shut down for the season, but he vows to be ready for the start of next season.

--RHP Alex White (Tommy John surgery in April 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. He is out for the season.

ROTATION:

RHP Jordan Lyles

LHP Dallas Keuchel

RHP Brad Peacock

LHP Brett Oberholtzer

RHP Paul Clemens

LHP Erik Bedard

BULLPEN:

RHP Chia-Jen Lo

RHP Josh Fields

RHP Lucas Harrell

RHP Josh Zeid

LHP Kevin Chapman

RHP Philip Humber

RHP Jorge De Leon

RHP David Martinez

RHP Rhiner Cruz

RHP Jarred Cosart

RHP David Paulino

CATCHERS:

Carlos Corporan

Max Stassi

Cody Clark

Matt Pagnozzi

INFIELDERS:

1B Brett Wallace

2B Jose Altuve

SS Jonathan Villar

3B Matt Dominguez

DH Marc Krauss

INF Jake Elmore

INF Marwin Gonzalez

INF Brandon Laird

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Robbie Grossman

CF Brandon Barnes

RF L.J. Hoes

OF Chris Carter

OF Trevor Crowe

OF Jimmy Paredes

OF J.D. Martinez

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