Framber Valdez has been diagnosed with a fractured ring finger, and the initial recommendation is that he should undergo surgery which would cost him the 2021 season, per reports. Valdez injured his finger on a comebacker in his spring debut Tuesday.
The 27 year old lefthanded pitcher had a breakout 2020 campaign, putting up a 3.57 ERA and a 2.85 FIP in 11 outings covering 70.2 innings. Valdez finished 11th in the American League Cy Young Award balloting in 2020, putting up a 1.2 bWAR. There were high hopes that he would build on that progress this year, and establish himself as a legitimate top of the rotation starter.
With Justin Verlander out for the year the Astros’ rotation depth was already viewed as problematic, and it remains to be seen what they will do to replace Valdez in the rotation for 2021, should he in fact miss the entirety of the season.