Houston Astros Player News: All Positions

News: Cole (7-5) allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out three across six innings to earn the win Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
Impact: Cole ran into relatively little trouble until the sixth inning, as he allowed three consecutive batters to reach base with two outs prior to inducing a groundout to strand the bases loaded. Though still effective, Cole generated only three strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. Still, he generated 17 swinging strikes and has 151 punchouts through 102.2 frames for the campaign. He'll bring a strong 3.42 ERA and superb 1.05 WHIP into his next start, currently scheduled for Sunday against Seattle.
News: Whitley (shoulder) is expected to resume mound work within the next couple weeks, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Whitley was placed on the minor-league injured list in late May with right shoulder fatigue and has since been at the Astros' spring training facility in Florida. The 21-year-old is expected to return to minor-league games around the third week of July, assuming he avoids any setbacks.
News: Martin sustained a potentially serious elbow injury during Sunday's start for Triple-A Round Rock and was placed on the minor-league injured list, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Martin allowed three runs over four innings during the start and exited after throwing 78 pitches. The specifics of the issue are currently unclear but more information should be available after the 23-year-old is evaluated in Houston.
News: The Astros don't expect Smith (Achilles) to be ready to return from the 60-day injured list until after the All-Star break, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smith isn't dealing with any sort of setback in his recovery from Achilles surgery, but the Astros apparently want him to turn in several appearances in the minors after the injury prevented him from building up his arm in spring training. The right-hander began his rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi on a promising note last weekend, striking out the side in his first appearance.
News: Armenteros was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Armenteros spent 12 days on the big-league roster but made just a pair of appearances, allowing two runs in five innings of work while posting a 6:1 K:BB. George Springer (hamstring) and Collin McHugh (elbow) were activated in corresponding moves for Armenteros and Reymin Guduan being sent to Round Rock.
News: McHugh (elbow) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: McHugh had been out for over a month with elbow soreness. He began the season as a starter but was moved to the bullpen shortly before getting injured and is likely to fill that role again this time around. A return to the rotation can't be ruled out at some point down the line, though he'll have to improve significantly on his 6.04 ERA if he's to earn that chance.
News: Springer (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Springer will wind up missing exactly a month with a left hamstring strain. He certainly looks ready to go after going 4-for-10 with two homers and four walks over his three rehab games. He'll reclaim his role at the top of an Astros lineup which is now even stronger than when he left due to the arrival of rookie sensation Yordan Alvarez.
News: Guduan was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Guduan's latest stay in the majors lasted just four days. He threw a single scoreless inning in his only appearance. George Springer (hamstring) and Collin McHugh (elbow) were activated from the injured list in corresponding moves for Guduan and Rogelio Armenteros getting optioned.