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39 Brett Oberholtzer SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/225 | Birthdate: 7/1/1989 | Birthplace: Christiana, DE | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 7/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros SP Brett Oberholtzer on track to make return Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:48 pm ET) Astros starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (lat) is slated to make his return to spring action Monday against the Blue Jays, per the Houston Chronicle. Oberholtzer has not pitched in a spring game since March 10.

Hinch: Astros' Oberholtzer feeling good after minor-league outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Astros starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (lat) threw 46 pitches during a minor-league outing Wednesday, manager A.J. Hinch said.

“Came out of it feeling pretty good," Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle. "He’s still not over this sickness, flu bug thing that he had, so for him to be able to stay out there and get into the third inning was a good step. From all indications that I heard, he felt fine.”

Oberholtzer has not pitched in a spring game since March 10. Although, the next step in his rehab from a lat injury will likely be pitching in a major-league spring game.


Astros' Gattis, Oberholtzer expected to be ready for regular season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said Monday that outfielder Evan Gattis (wrist) and pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (lat) are expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, MLB.com reports.

Gattis has been getting work in left field on the minor-league side as he continues his transition from catcher, but he's slated to serve as the team's designated hitter Monday. Oberholtzer has been recovering from a lat strain and illness but is slated to take the mound Wednesday.


Astros' Brett Oberholtzer (lat) on track for regular season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (lat) threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday and is on track to pitch during the team's first time through the rotation in the regular season, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Arm feels great, still getting over a little bug but energy levels are coming back, so I feel good," Oberholtzer said Sunday. "I feel good just to be out here and doing the normal things again. No sign of grab or injury or anything. So it was a pretty minute injury any way. I wouldn’t even call it an injury, but it feels good to be back on the mound."

Oberholtzer is expected to throw two or three innings in a minor-league game Wednesday.

"He can be ready," manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday. "We certainly don’t want to have anything happen to cause any delay. As of today, he’s still got plenty of time to build his pitch count, build his endurance."


Astros' Oberholtzer to throw Sunday, pitch in game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer will throw in the bullpen Sunday, and he said he'll return to game action Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Oberholtzer has missed his last two starts due to a lat injury and had his most recent  scheduled bullpen session pushed back due to illness. He's thrown just five innings in two appearances this spring and is under the gun to get enough work to be ready by the start of the regular season.


Astros expecting Brett Oberholtzer to throw Sunday or Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer could throw a bullpen Sunday, if he feels better after leaving camp Friday due to an illness. If not Sunday, Oberholtzer will throw Monday, per the Houston Chronicle.

Oberholtzer is also sidelined due to a lat injury.


Astros' Oberholtzer has bullpen session pushed back due to illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Astros starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer might not throw his scheduled bullpen session Friday, but not because he had a setback in his recovery from a lat strain. He was sent home Friday due to an illness, per the Houston Chronicle.

Oberholtzer might return to the team's complex if he feels better following a nap.

“If he can keep some food down and build his energy up,” Hinch said. “Nothing to do with his lat, but he showed up with a temperature today, so we sent him home for the morning.

“I said goodbye to him from a distance.”


Astros SP Brett Oberholtzer to throw 'pen session on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday, according to MLB.com. Oberholtzer was scratched from a March 15 minor-league game with a sore lat muscle, and was limited to playing catch earlier in the week.

Houston will map out a plan for the left-hander after his session.

"We'll assess after that what the next game plan is," manager A.J. Hinch said. "We're excited to get him back on the mound. He's been throwing. Nothing's delayed his throwing, just his throwing off the mound has been the adjustment that we've made. Once we get him off the hill tomorrow, we'll [have] a more definitive game plan."


Astros to evaluate Brett Oberholtzer (lat) later this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Tuesday that the team would re-evaluate pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (lat) after Wednesday's off-day, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Obie’s still playing catch," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He hasn’t thrown off the mound. The plan is to again get past the off-day and continue to evaluate and see where his activity level is. He won’t pitch on Friday, which is the same rotation start."

While Oberholtzer remains day-to-day, the team is preparing in case another pitcher is needed for his rotation spot early in the season.

"We already are in general," Hinch said. "When you have a competition for the spot, you end up stretching guys out. We got [Asher Wojciechowski] stretched out. We’ve got (Samuel) Deduno stretched out. (Alex) White should get a couple innings (Tuesday). (Dan) Straily is stretched out. (Roberto) Hernandez is stretched out. By building competition for the fifth spot, we have coverage in case things don’t progress as quickly as we hope."


Brett Oberholtzer scratched from Astros' appearance


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Astros LHP Brett Oberholtzer was scratched from a scheduled appearance on Sunday. 

Manager A.J. Hinch said the pitcher was dealing with mild lat soreness, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

Oberholtzer expects to miss about a week, but he'll still be able to play catch in the interim.

Oberholtzer has a 3.60 ERA with eight hits and four strikeouts in five innings this spring.


Astros' Asher Wojciechowski to get another look on Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that Asher Wojciechowski will get another Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Nationals, according to MLB.com.

Hinch noted that Wojciechowski earned a longer look after performing well against Toronto on Monday. He has not allowed a run through his first two spring starts. Brett Oberholtzer will throw in a minor-league game Sunday on back field.


Astros' Brett Oberholtzer goes two strong innings in debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer tossed two innings in his spring debut.

Oberholtzer gave up four hits and one unearned run during the appearance. He struck out two, but did not issue any walks. Oberholtzer is competing for a spot in the team's rotation this spring. The 25-year-old posted a 4.39 ERA over 143 2/3 innings last season. 


Astros' Castro impressed with BP sessions by Oberholtzer, Deduno


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was behind the plate while Brett Oberholtzer and Samuel Deduno threw live batting practice Friday and liked what he saw from both pitchers, per the Houston Chronicle

“Obie looked good,” Castro said. “He had some good movement today, some late life on his sinker. He’s working on throwing changeups to lefties and righties, so it will be good for him. His curveball’s got some good bite on it too. For him at this point it’s just about finding that command because the movement is definitely there.

“Deduno was good. He’s the kind of guy that’s got unbelievable movement. He impressed me with his changeup actually today. I think that was a pitch that has probably improved the most since what I remember from him last year. Both of those guys look pretty good.”


Astros' Brett Oberholtzer working on adding cutter to pitching arsenal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer, primarily a fastball-changeup pitcher, is working on bringing back his cutter to his repertoire to help him earn a spot in the rotation, according to the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday.

"I threw a bullpen (Sunday), I threw about 35 pitches," Oberholtzer said, who hasn't used his cutter since his collegiate days. "Two cutters that were where I wanted them for strikes to righties. Been working on that. I had it in Triple-A and it was one of my better pitches, but like anybody, if you're a jack of all trades, you're a master of none. So sometimes, if I spent a lot of time on my changeup, I'd lose my cutter or whatever pitch it may be. So I'm trying to keep it up."

Oberholtzer used to throw a cutter, but wanted to narrow his focus to other pitches. He also said he's working on improving his curveball.

"My curveball, I'm trying to get that being more consistent, and that's what guys try to do all the time, is make adjustments and learn from their mistakes," Oberholtzer said. "Different shape. You try to get different looks. But they have to be effective. You can't just throw slop up there. I try to make it as good as possible and fine tune stuff."

Manager A.J. Hinch told reporters earlier in the week that Oberholtzer will get the first crack at the No. 4 spot in Houston's rotation. Last season, he registered a 4.39 ERA and 94:28 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings.


Astros' Hinch: Oberholtzer has inside edge on No. 4 rotation spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that pitcher Brett Oberholtzer will get the first crack at the No. 4 spot in Houston's rotation, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"It's leading right to Obie, right?" said Hinch when asked about the final rotation spots. "Obie's done a good job, and he's certainly the leading candidate. I caution against putting guys in pen too much, because you never know how things change. But Obie's done enough to be — he'll start one of the early games in camp, and be on a regular rotation as a starter preparation. And I think he's done enough to earn that right to be the first man in line.

"Is he the last man in line? I expect him to be, and he knows he's going to have to answer the bell and be good."

Oberholtzer registered a 4.39 ERA and 94:28 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings in 2014.


Brett Oberholtzer chased in fifth inning of loss vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer took a loss Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Rangers.

Oberholtzer (5-13) gave up both runs in the fourth inning, serving up a solo home run to lead off the inning and watching a run come home on a RBI single before a double play with two men on ended the inning. He's taken three straight losses and now owns a 4.39 ERA and 94:28 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings. Oberholtzer is not scheduled to make another start.


Brett Oberholtzer drops one Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer was a hard luck loser Wednesday against the Indians. 

Oberholtzer allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. Oberholtzer started out well, tossing three scoreless innings to open the game. He ran into trouble in the fourth, giving up a single and RBI double with two outs. He allowed another run with two outs in the sixth inning. With a man on first, Oberholtzer allowed a run-scoring triple. Oberholtzer would nearly make it through eight innings before he was pulled. He threw 94 pitches.

With the loss, Oberholtzer dropped to 5-12. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


Astros return to a five-man rotation for now


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Astros are skipping Brad Peacock's scheduled start on Monday against the Indians, as he is dealing with a sore lower back. Rather than replace Peacock, the Astros will move up their other five starters a day and, at least temporarily, put an end to their six-man rotation. Collin McHugh, Nick Tropeano, Brett Oberholtzer and Scott Feldman are now set to start against the Indians, and Dallas Keuchel will take the mound to open the weekend series against the Mariners on Friday.

There is currently no timetable for Peacock's return.


Brett Oberholtzer gets rocked in loss to Halos


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer was rocked by the Angels on Friday, dropping to 5-11 on the year. He was shelled for six runs -- four earned -- on five hits and no walks while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings of an 11-3 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 15 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.51 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 22 starts (131 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at home against Cleveland.

Brett Oberholtzer reaches seventh in win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer posted a quality start Friday against the Athletics.

Oberholtzer gave up three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two during the outing. All three runs scored in the third inning. After giving up a leadoff single, Oberholtzer managed to load the bases with two walks. With the bases loaded, Derek Norris managed to single in two runs. Adam Dunn would later add another run on a single. After a visit to the mound, Oberholtzer was able to get the third out to end the inning. He was pulled after putting a man on in the seventh inning.

With the win, Oberholtzer improved to 5-10. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start.


Brett Oberholtzer gets hammered by Rangers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer got hammered by the Rangers on Friday, dropping to 4-10 on the year. The left-hander permitted seven runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two over 4 1/3 innings of a 13-6 defeat.

Of his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 20 starts (121 innings). His next start will come Friday at Oakland.

Brett Oberholtzer allows three runs in loss vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer took a loss Sunday, giving up three earned runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings and striking out six in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Indians.

Oberholtzer (4-9) didn't issue a walk in the outing, and he's only walked four batters in his last six starts combined. However, he was far too hittable Sunday, giving up two doubles and eight singles in the loss. Oberholtzer owns a 4.01 ERA and 79:23 K:BB ratio in 116 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rangers Friday.


Brett Oberholtzer has a rough outing against Yankees


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer had a tough outing Tuesday against the Yankees.

Oberholtzer allowed four runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Oberholtzer turned in three scoreless innings before Brian McCann took him deep for a two-run shot in the third inning. The Astros managed to give Oberholtzer a lead in the sixth, but he couldn’t hold on. Oberholtzer gave up a leadoff single to lead off the bottom of the frame. That base-runner advanced to second on a balk. Oberholtzer then walked Carlos Beltran, and gave up a two-run double against Martin Prado, tying the game at four. He was replaced by Tony Sipp.

Oberholtzer will take on the Indians in his next start. 


Poor run support dooms Brett Oberholtzer to loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) One run allowed in seven innings was not good enough Wednesday to provide Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer a win. It was bad enough to lower his record to 4-8.

The left-hander yielded only a homer to Joe Mauer. He allowed six hits, walked none and fanned four for his sixth straight quality starter. Oberholtzer has surrendered only 12 runs in his last 41 innings pitched.

He will seek to maintain his momentum Tuesday against the host Yankees.


Brett Oberholtzer allows two runs in no-decision vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer didn't factor into Friday's decision after giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 4-3 victory over the Rangers.

Oberholtzer served up a two-run home run in the top of the first inning and was in line for the loss before the offense finally came around with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. He owns a 4.05 ERA and 62:22 K:BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings after putting together five straight quality starts. Oberholtzer is scheduled to face the Twins Wednesday.