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37 Matt Albers RP
Height/Weight: 6-1/225 | Birthdate: 1/20/1983 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Houston | College: San Jacinto Coll. TX (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $1,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 421.00
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Astros make a few roster decisions Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Astros announced Thursday they outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and pitcher Rudy Owens off the 40-man roster. The team also announced it declined the $3 million team option on pitcher Matt Albers' contract.

Astros lose veteran relievers for season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Astros owner Jim Crane Astros relievers Jesse Crain and Matt Albers are likely done for the season with shoulder injuries, per the Houston Chronicle.

"Crain's not going to pitch," Crane said. "Albers ... got hurt. We didn't get any production from [either of them]."

Albers has a club option for $3 million for 2015. Crain is a free agent after this season, but has expressed an interest in returning to Houston.


Matt Albers will throw bullpen session Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Astros reliever Matt Albers will throw a bullpen on Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle. Albers has been sidelined since April 22 due to right shoulder tendinitis and remains hopeful of playing again this season.

"I'm feeling good," Albers said. "I'm feeling a lot better. I threw a 20-pitch bullpen on Friday, and it went pretty well. I'll throw another one tomorrow and increase intensity. I'm feeling pretty good, and hopefully I'll be on the way back this year."

Matt Albers begins mound work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Astros reliever Matt Albers tossed 15 fastballs during a bullpen session Saturday, as he continues to work his way back from a right shoulder injury.  

Albers, who has been out since April 22 due to tendinitis, reported no setbacks in talking to the Houston Chronicle about the session Monday. He has been beset by setbacks during his recovery from this particular injury.

"The last couple times, I've kind of got off the mound, I kind of had a setback, so I feel like I've progressed where I can get off a mound," he said. "It's been a little bit. It felt good, came out good. (Sunday brought) no issues. I feel pretty normal."

Albers has no timetable for a possible return, but hopes to be back by the end of August, in a best-case scenario.

"My main goal is just to be able to get back healthy," Albers said. "I think if I can come back - even if it's a month, a little over a month of pitching - if I'm back to where I am, that's really important to go into the offseason knowing I'm over this injury and I can get back and have a normal offseason."


Matt Albers to resume throwing Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers is scheduled to throw off a mound Friday, MLB.com reports. He has been on the disabled list since April 22 with shoulder tendinitis.

"I've been feeling pretty good," Albers said. "I think I felt pretty good a couple of times and then when I got off the mound, I had a setback. Hopefully, this time we're making sure I stretch it out and get some extra throwing in before I get back off the mound, but it's feeling pretty good right now."

Albers added that he expects to throw at 70-75 percent intensity Friday in order not to push himself too hard as he attempts to return from a lengthy injury.


Matt Albers hoping to throw bullpen next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Astros reliever Matt Albers has been playing catch from 100-120 feet as of late, and is hoping to throw a bullpen session at some point next week, the Houston Chronicle reports. Albers has been sidelined since April 22 with right shoulder tendinitis. It would be his first bullpen session since June.

"I just want to take a little bit longer to get off a mound just to make sure and then I'll take a few days off in between there and play catch and give my arm a little rest, which I think has helped," Albers said.

Astros make moves involving two right-handers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Astros have optioned reliever Anthony Bass to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for promoted infielder Gregorio Petit. They have also transferred fellow right-hander Matt Albers to the 60-day disabled list.

Matt Albers, Jesse Crain could start throwing on mound in 10 days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters that he hopes that relievers Matt Albers and Jesse Crain will be able to throw on a mound in the next 10 days, according to MLB.com.

Albers has been sidelined since April 22 with right shoulder tendinitis, while Crain is working his way back from biceps tendinitis surgery performed in October.

"It's one of those things it's taken so much longer than I, or they, originally anticipated that it's hard to put a specific date on it," Luhnow said. "They are progressing, and neither has had any sort of setback in a while, which is good news, but we're taking it very slow because we really don't think we can afford any more setbacks. It would probably cost us the rest of the season if that occurs."

Matt Albers starts throwing from 90 feet


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Astros reliever Matt Albers was able to throw from a distance of 90 feet prior to Friday's game against the Red Sox, the Houston Chronicle reports. Albers, who has been sidelined since April 22 with right shoulder tendinitis, hopes to progress from a flat ground to a mound session at some point next week.

Matt Albers 'letting it go pretty good'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Astros reliever Matt Albers, who's been on the DL since April 22 with right shoulder tendinitis, has recently made significant progress in his rehab at the team's spring training facility, reports MLB.com.

"I've been throwing," he said. "This whole last week I've been getting out to 100 feet and feeling a lot better and letting it go pretty good. I think now it's a matter of building up to be able to get into games. I'm still not quite there, but feeling a lot better."

Albers will start throwing in the bullpen this week in advance of a minor-league rehab assignment.

"I don't know the exact dates," he said. "I'm going to go on how I feel. It's definitely improving and getting closer, which is a good sign."


Matt Albers to throw bullpen sessions this week


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers said he's feeling a lot better and hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions on the homestand that starts Tuesday, reports the Houston Chronicle. Albers has been dealing with shoulder tendinitis.

Matt Albers, Anthony Bass could return before All-Star break


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Astros relievers Matt Albers (shoulder) and Anthony Bass (intercostal) continue to rehab in Florida and could return before the All-Star break, assistant general manager David Stearns told the Houston Chronicle. However, neither pitcher is close to starting a minor-league rehab assignment, the report said.

Matt Albers still a week away from throwing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers is expected to stay in Houston while his team goes on the road this week, MLB.com reports Sunday. Albers was placed on the disabled list on April 25, but cortisone shot Tuesday, leaving him at least a week way from throwing.

Matt Albers expects to return in 3-4 weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers expects to return to action in three-to-four weeks after getting a cortisone shot to deal with right shoulder tendinitis, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"They just went ahead and (said let’s give) give you a couple cortisone shots and take a couple weeks off," Albers said. "I’m not exactly sure how long it’ll be after but I think it’ll be three, four weeks."

Albers won't throw for 10 days after getting the shot Tuesday.


Matt Albers has cortisone shot, will not throw for 10 days


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers will be prevented from throwing for 10 days after having a cortisone shot Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

Thankfully, Albers' MRI revealed no structural damage in his injured shoulder. He has been limited to eight appearances this season, giving up one earned run in 10 innings.


Matt Albers will resume throwing in 'several' days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers is several days away from resuming his throwing program, MLB.com reports on Monday. Albers did not throw his scheduled simulated game Friday because of shoulder discomfort during warmups.

"I feel OK, it's just when I'm playing catch, it feels good," Albers said. "When you let it go, not as great. Kind of shut down the sim game, didn't want to push it and make things worse."

Matt Albers doesn't throw planning sim game Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Though manager Bo Porter was quick to say he did not suffer a setback, Astros pitcher Matt Albers did not throw his scheduled sim game Friday.

Porter told MLB.com Albers did not take the mound, but Porter did not seem concerned about Albers' shoulder. Albers told the Houston Chronicle he "didn't feel right," though it is not clear what this means for his recovery at this point.  


Matt Albers to throw simulated game Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday after completing a bullpen session Tuesday without issue, MLB.com reports.

Albers has been cleared to return from the disabled list after dealing with a shoulder issue, but the team appears to want one more look at him in a controlled setting before bringing him back. He has surrendered just one earned run in 10 innings.


Matt Albers cleared to return from shoulder injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Astros reliever Matt Albers got through another bullpen session Tuesday, which should be the final step in his return from a right shoulder injury.

MLB.com reports Albers pitched in the bullpen without reporting any discomfort, and is cleared to return to game action. It is not clear when he is expected to be activated from the disabled list, but is eligible Wednesday. 


Matt Albers could return this weekend


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers is scheduled to throw in the bullpen this week and could be activated during this weekend's series against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.

Albers completed a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday and will likely need one or two more clean sessions before returning. He is on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.


Matt Albers throws 20-pitch bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Astros reliever Matt Albers (shoulder) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday, per MLB.com.

"It felt good today, went well," Albers said. "Very encouraged by that. Feeling like everything's acting well and I'm not too far away."


Astros place Matt Albers on DL, promote Jose Cisnero


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) The Astros have placed reliever Matt Albers on the disabled list retroactive to April 22 with tendinitis in his shoulder. They have promoted fellow right-hander Jose Cisnero to take his place.

Albers was off to a strong start. He's given up 10 hits, but just one eanred run, in 10 innings and owns a 0.90 ERA.


Matt Albers won't get the green light Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers will be unavailable for the third straight day on Thursday due to right shoulder stiffness, the Houston Chronicle reports. Albers has been sidelined since Monday due to the ailment. He has allowed just one earned run in 10 innings while striking out eight and walking three in eight appearances.

Shoulder issue keeps Matt Albers out Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Right-hander Matt Albers remained unavailable for the Astros on Wednesday with a shoulder ailment. He had been deemed questionable for the game.

The reliever is off to a flying start this season with just one earned run given up in 10 innings pitched.


Matt Albers dealing with shoulder tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Astros pitcher Matt Albers was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Mariners due to shoulder tightness, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Albers may not be able to pitch Wednesday either, but the team doesn't see the injury as a major issue. He has allowed just one earned run in 10 innings while striking out eight and walking three in eight appearances.