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Jake Odorizzi returns to Astros' rotation against Royals

The Houston Astros are set to reinstate right-hander Jake Odorizzi off the injured list on Monday and give him the starting assignment in the opener of a four-game series against the visiting Kansas City Royals.

Odorizzi last pitched May 16 because of lower leg discomfort. His return will yield a six-man rotation for the Astros, with Houston manager Dusty Baker giving right-hander Justin Verlander additional rest between his previous start and his next scheduled outing in the series finale against the Royals on Thursday. Verlander threw eight scoreless innings in a win against the New York Mets last Wednesday, and his 97 1/3 innings are second on the staff to Framber Valdez (101 innings).

"We're going to back JV up because he has a lot of innings," Baker said. "We've just got to make sure that he stays healthy all the way through the season. When you're coming off Tommy John, you're still not out of the woods, but this guy has carried a lot of workload in the first half of the season. He's been remarkable up to this point. We just have to make sure that he stays fresh."

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Leaders
AVG: A. Benintendi.308
HR: S. Perez11
RBI: B. Witt Jr.39
SB: W. Merrifield13
W: C. Snider4
ERA: B. Keller4.24
Saves: S. Barlow12
K: D. Lynch65
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Minnesota 4537.549-
Cleveland 4036.5262
Chi White Sox 3839.4944.5
Detroit 3047.39012.5
Kansas City 2948.37713.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .239 (18)
Runs: 296 (27)
Hits: 620 (23)
Home Runs: 63 (26)
Stolen Bases: 45 (13)
OBP: .305 (22)
SLG: .373 (27)
Total Bases: 968 (26)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.90 (27)
Runs Allowed: 395 (25)
Saves: 17 (22)
Strikeouts: 562 (29)
OpBA: .265 (28)
OBP: .343 (29)
SLG: .419 (25)
Run Support: 3.93 (27)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/2 D. Mengden Outrighted to Minors (return of Replacement Player)
7/2 J. Payamps Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
7/2 J. Payamps Removed From 10-Day IL (COVID-19 injured list (positive test))
7/1 W. Mills Called Up from Minors
7/1 M. Peacock Designated for Assignment
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Injuries
Date Player Status
6/26 J. Staumont Neck strain (on 15-day IL)
6/23 D. Lynch Blister on left index finger (on 15-day IL)
6/21 S. Perez Torn ligament, left hand (on 10-day IL)
6/13 J. Payamps COVID-19 injured list (positive test) (10-day IL)
5/30 Z. Greinke Right flexor strain (15-day IL)
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