Besides dropping the series opener to Detroit at Comerica Park, the Astros had three other losses Monday.
First was All-Star Jose Altuve, who left the game with disorientation and a partially dislocated jawbone after colliding with rightfielder Jimmy Paredes. Next was staff ace Bud Norris, who surrendered a grand slam and was later pulled with back spasms. Off the field, exec George Postolos’ abrupt resignation was announced. It’s not known yet how long Altuve and Norris will be out. Postolos’ exit, however, is permanent.
Altuve’s replacement will likely be Marwin Gonzalez and/or Paredes himself. If Norris misses any starts, well, they won’t go to Philip Humber, because he’s another one of the casualties this week. After going winless as a starter, and being scored in the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) ratings as the very worst player in all of baseball (-1.4), Humber was let go by the team. Just a year removed from a perfect game, good-guy Humber ended his season early at 0-8, 9.59, with the league lead in losses.
Humber’s replacement on the roster is Edgar Gonzalez. His career ERA: 5.88.