|Bats / Throws||Left / Left|
|Date of Birth||11/19/1993|
|Height, Weight||5'11", 170 lbs|
Valdez will move to the bullpen as the Astros employ a four-man starting rotation for the final few weeks of the season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old allowed 10 runs on 13 hits with a 19:14 K:BB over 15.2 innings in three starts since rejoining the rotation in late August, but Houston will take advantage of scheduled off days and September's expanded roster to cover the instances when a fifth starter is necessary. Valdez has a 5.62 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 64:40 K:BB through 65.2 innings this season.
Valdez allowed three runs on two hits and six walks while striking out six over four innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Friday.
Valdez put the Astros into an early hole by walking four and allowing two runs in the first inning, but his teammates bailed him out immediately with three first-inning runs of their own. Command issues have bedeviled the 25-year-old since he rejoined the rotation. In his last three starts. Valdez has walked 14 in 15.2 innings. He is projected to make his next start Wednesday at home against Oakland.
Valdez (4-7) allowed six runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts across 5.2 innings while taking a loss against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
The 25-year-old again displayed shaky control but even worse, he gave up a pair of home runs and a season-high nine hits. Valdez avoided giving up more than a run in his last outing despite five walks, but it's possible he won't receive another MLB start right away after this latest struggle. Valdez owns a 5.55 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 61.2 innings across 22 appearances, including seven starts, this season.