The Houston Astros’ Josh James will be out for the next 6-8 months after it was announced that he underwent hip surgery last week, putting his status for the upcoming season into question.
James injured his hip in an August game against the Colorado Rockies, suffering what was later discovered to be a labral tear. Despite this, he returned to Houston’s active roster by the end of the season and even pitched in three playoff games for the team.
What’s even more surprising is that James pitched well with his injured hip, throwing 6 2/3rds innings after coming back and posting a 1.35 ERA.
However, it appears that in order to avoid long-term damage, the hard-throwing righty’s hip needed to be repaired surgically. The surgery, which was done last Friday, necessitates a recovery time of six to eight months.
This means that James, who was presumed to be a potential bullpen and rotation option for the team next season, might not even be ready to pitch anywhere from May until July.
The 27-year-old pitcher, the owner of a 4.60 ERA in 101.2 career minor league innings, will now set his sights on getting back to being healthy as soon as possible to help the Astros contend for another playoff berth in 2021.