|Mar. 3 11:16 AM PT12:16 PM MT1:16 PM CT2:16 PM ET14:16 ET19:16 GMT3:16 12:16 PM MST2:16 PM EST1:16 PM CST2:46 PM VEN23:16 UAE1:16 PM CT-Valdez (fractured left ring finger) has been recommended to undergo surgery that would likely sideline him the entire season, according to MLB Network. The left-hander will seek a second opinion before he and the Astros make a final decision.
Analysis: Even if he avoids surgery, Valdez will likely be sidelined into at least May as his finger heals. The 27-year-old had been ticketed to be a key part of the Astros' rotation after going 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA and a team-best 76 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings last season.