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43 Alex White SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/219 | Birthdate: 8/29/1988 | Birthplace: Greenville, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: North Carolina | MLB Experience: 2 | Salary: $497,100 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Alex White no longer in running for rotation spot, among Astros cuts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Astros announced Friday they sent seven players to minor-league camp, including starting pitcher Alex White, who was in the running for the fifth spot in the rotation. White was technically optioned to the minors, while the remaining six were reassigned.

Also sent to minor-league camp were Colin MoranJason Stoffel, Nolan Fontana, Preston Tucker, Matt Duffy and Roberto Pena.


Five pitchers still vying for final spot in Astros' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Thursday the final spot in the rotation remains up for grabs, per the Houston Chronicle. The candidates vying for the fifth spot in the rotation are Samuel Deduno, Asher Wojciechowski, Roberto Hernandez, Dan Straily and Alex White.

“It’s the sum of the entire spring that we pay attention to, but you always want to leave a good impression in the minds of the decision makers and coaches and your teachers,” Hinch said. “They’re always big. And these guys that are pitching for a spot on the team or playing for a spot on this team as a position player, there’s a little bit of stress and pressure that goes into it. But that’s a good thing.”

Deduno and Wojciechowski will be on the mound Friday against the Nationals. The duo have pitched particularly well this spring, as Deduno has allowed one run in eight innings and Wojciechowski hasn't allowed a run in nine innings.

“It’s a point of emphasis for Sammy to get ahead and utilize all of his weapons,” Hinch said. “For Wojo to get ahead and for him to be able to expand on purpose is a great point of emphasis for him. Wojo’s changeup and Deduno’s fastball are pitches that we’re paying close attention to just because the effectiveness that they have on the hitters."


Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."


Astros' Alex White ready to contribute this season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Astros pitcher Alex White is hoping he can help the club this season, according to the Houston Chronicle

White underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2013, and admitted it took a bit longer for him to get back on track. "It was up and down," White said. "At first relieving went really well, and then you know it just kind of, it’s one of those things where people say it’s going to be up and down coming back that quick (from surgery) and it really was."

This offseason, White was able to undergo his usual routine. "I feel like I’m back to just being a regular baseball player. Here to try to win a job. It’s exciting." White, who appeared in the majors in both 2011 and 2012, is just hoping to get back.

"I think we’re ready to do that," he said. "I think the arm’s ready to do that, and it’s been a while since I’ve been in the major leagues, but it’s time to get back."

The 26-year-old posted a 6.50 ERA over 63 2/3 innings in Triple-A last year.


Alex White comes off DL, sent to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Astros pitcher Alex White was activated from the disabled list Saturday, but will not be joining the major-league roster.

White was activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma, after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Though he is expected to be a starting pitcher long-term, he will work out of the bullpen in the minors, giving him a quicker road to the majors.


Alex White viewed as a bullpen option


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Astros pitcher Alex White is set to make his return to game action in the next few days, and he will do so in an unfamiliar role.

General manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle Thursday he wants White to pitch as a reliever as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, though that is not necessarily his expected long-term role.

"We really feel like his best chance of making to the big leagues this year is in the bullpen, and we also would like to protect his arm," Luhnow said. "I talked to him about it and he was perfectly fine. He said, 'Whatever you think is the fastest way.'"

White was in the Astros' rotation at the start of last season, prior to the injury. He will begin his minor-league rehab assignment in the next few days, though the exact details are not yet known. 


Alex White making progress, pitches in extended spring game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Astros pitcher Alex White tossed two innings in an extended spring training outing Tuesday, a big step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

"It was a milestone for him," general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com. "We saw the velocity back up in the neighborhood of where he was before he got hurt. He still has a little more to go, but that's encouraging. All the secondary stuff was sharp today."

White is more than a year removed from surgery, and while Luhnow is excited about his progress, he doesn't have a specific timetable for his possible return.

"To me, having had the surgery a little over 12 months ago, he should be starting to understand the timetable for him returning to games in the minor leagues, and after today we now can see the end of the tunnel," he said. "I'm not going to make any promises, but he'll continue to throw in games down there, and if that continues we'll send him down on a rehab assignment."


Astros place three on 15-day disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Astros placed pitchers Jesse Crain (biceps, calf), Alex White (elbow) and Asher Wojciechowski (back) on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced. All moves were backdated to to March 21, MLB.com reports.

Astros place two pitchers on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Astros announced Sunday starting pitchers Alex White, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in April 2013, and Asher Wojciechowski, who is recovering from a lat strain, were both placed on the 15-day disabed list. Both moves were retroactive to March 21.

Asher Wojciechowski, Alex White will start season DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) As expected, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com Saturday that pitchers Asher Wojciechowski and Alex White were likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

Wojciechowski has been shut down since Feb. 1 with a lat injury. White is working his way back from Tommy John surgery last April.

Alex White continues to build up arm strength


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Astros pitcher Alex White (elbow) threw to live hitters Monday for the third time, according to the Houston Chronicle. He threw 30 pitches as he continues to build up arm strength.

"Each time out I’ve been better, velocity’s coming along," White said.


Alex White hoping for April return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Astros pitcher Alex White is hoping to return in April, according to the Houston Chronicle

White underwent Tommy John surgery last April, and just passed the 10 month mark of his surgery. He's been able to throw off flat ground thus far, and even threw to live hitters in camp. White has yet to throw any breaking balls, but plans to do so last week. He also admitted that his fastball hasn't come back just yet. "I’m waiting on the velocity, to be honest," White said.

In 149 1/3 career innings, White has a 6.03 ERA.


Alex White to have Tommy John surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2013) Astros pitcher Alex White will undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced. 

White was acquired by the team in an offseason trade with Colorado. White was one of the prospects involved in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal, but struggled with the Rockies last year. In 98 major-league innings last season, White had a 5.51 ERA and a 5.23 FIP. 


Astros waiting on second opinion on Alex White


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2013) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com on Tuesday that the team was still waiting on the results of a second opinion on Alex White. White is on the 60-day disabled list due to a sprained right elbow and could require Tommy John surgery.

Luhnow said the team hopes to have more information by the end of the day Wednesday.

Astros worried about Tommy John surgery for Alex White


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2013) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday that injured pitcher Alex White could require Tommy John surgery.

White was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Saturday due to a right elbow strain and the club is expected to see a second opinion after the right-hander underwent an MRI.

“We’ll have a long discussion about the course of action,” Luhnow said. “The reason we put him on the 60 is he’s not going to throw for at least a couple weeks. And then you talk about building him back up and rehabbing. You do all that math and you’re close to 60, so why put pressure on ourselves?”

Alex White to undergo more tests on injured elbow


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2013) Astros pitcher Alex White, already on the 60-day disabled list with elbow issues, is scheduled to undergo more tests, MLB.com reports.

White allowed a brutal 6.83 ERA in 16.2 spring innings and was shut down late in March. There remains no timetable for his return, but he is eligible to come off the disabled list in early June.


Alex White headed to the DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2013) The Astros placed pitcher Alex White on the 60-day disabled list Saturday as he continues to deal with elbow discomfort, the Houston Chronicle reports. White also told reporters that he has dealt with minor triceps tendinitis throughout spring training.

He will be re-evaluated Sunday and is unsure if his injury will require surgery.

White posted a 6.86 ERA in 16 2/3 innings of work this spring, which may be partly attributed to his injury. He is eligible to return from the disabled list in early June.

Astros concerned about Alex White


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2013) Astros pitcher Alex White underwent an MRI exam Saturday after leaving Friday's game against the Cubs with elbow discomfort, the Houston Chronicle reports. White, who was tagged for three hits and three runs in just one inning, said he battled minor triceps tendinitis throughout the spring and "progressively got worse."

The 24-year-old had been bumped to the bullpen earlier this week after losing the competition for the final spot in the rotation, a move sparked by concerns about his drop in velocity.

"There's something wrong," White said about his fastball that peaked at 86 mph. "That's not normal."


Bo Porter 'confident' in bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2013) Astros manager Bo Porter said Thursday he likes the makeup of his team's bullpen. While Jose Veras is expected to get the first chance to close games, Porter said the eighth-inning role will be determined by matchups. He mentioned Alex White could work in long relief, while Hector Ambriz and Rhiner Cruz are right-handed relievers that can pitch multiple innings. Porter mentioned Xavier Cedeno as a left-handed reliever who could pitch multiple frames. 

“I love the fact we have two lefties down there who are capable of getting out some of the better left-handed hitters in our league,” he said to MLB.com. “We also have a long guy, we have a good mix of guys who can pitch in the back end. I’m pretty confident in our bullpen.”


Alex White demoted to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2013) Astros manager Bo Porter announced Thursday starting pitcher Brad Peacock beat out Alex White for the fourth spot in the team's rotation. Porter said White will pitch out of the bullpen.

White was 1-1 with a 6.86 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in six spring outings (five starts). He was tagged for 16 runs (15 earned) on 22 hits and seven walks in 19 2/3 innings.


Starting still an option for Alex White


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2013) Astros starting pitcher Alex White was tagged for four runs and nine hits over five innings of a 6-4 win over Washington in a Grapefruit League game Monday. White, who was informed earlier in the day that he had secured a spot on the opening day roster, surrendered multiple runs for the fifth-consecutive outing to increase his spring ERA to 6.86. He had two strikeouts and two walks. It's unclear if White will serve as the team's fourth starter or in the bullpen as he continues to battle Brad Peacock for the starting job.

Alex White makes Astros opening day roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2013) Pitcher Alex White made the Astros opening day roster.

White, 24, was acquired from the Rockies this offseason, and has been competing for a spot in Houston’s rotation this spring. 


Astros rounding out rotation


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2013) The Houston Astros rotation will begin with Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Philip Humber, CBS Sports Senior Baseball Writer Danny Knobler reports. Knobler believes Erik Bedard will follow and either Alex White or Brad Peacock will round out the starters. 

The loser of the No. 5 starter battle will likely end up in the bullpen as a long reliever. 


Alex White remains extremely hittable Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2013) Astros starting pitcher Alex White was knocked around again Wednesday, giving up seven hits and a walk to the Mets while allowing three earned runs and striking out three in 4 1/3 innings. White has now surrendered 24 hits in 14 2/3 innings this spring while posting a 1.98 WHIP.

With John Ely and Jordan Lyles already out of the competition for the Astros fifth rotation spot, White is battling Brad Peacock to make the rotation. It's a battle the stats say Peacock is winning.


Alex White knocked around by Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2013) Astros starting pitcher Alex White was knocked around by the Nationals on Thursday, giving up seven hits in four innings while surrendering two earned runs. He also struck out one batter and did not issue any walks.

"When I got hurt today, it was because I was behind in the count," White said, per MLB.com. "I gotta pitch ahead and be effective."

Vying for a spot in the Astros rotation, White has allowed eight earned runs in 10 1/3 innings on 17 hits and four walks this spring, striking out five.