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Houston Astros’ pitchers Jose Urquidy, Cristian Javier both to have season-ending elbow surgery

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The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that right-handed pitchers Cristian Javier and José Urquidy are both set to undergo elbow surgery, and as a result will miss the remainder of the season.  Urquidy’s surgery is Wednesday, while Javier’s is Thursday.

Urquidy has been on the injured list since the start of the season after sustaining a right forearm strain during spring training. The sixth-year pitcher went 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA over 16 appearances last season for the Astros, and has a career 3.98 ERA over 79 career appearances for the franchise.

Javier went 3-1 with a 3.89 ERA through his first seven starts this season, allowing eight hits and four runs over four innings in his last appearance on May 21 in Houston. He was placed on the injured list May 27 because of right forearm discomfort.

The Astros are already without Luis Garcia (who had Tommy John surgery last May) and Lance McCullers Jr., who  had flexor surgery last June.  Houston are currently in third place in the American League West, seven games behind the first-place Seattle Mariners.

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