Ken Giles Injury: Updates on Astros Pitcher's Wrist and Return

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Sep 13, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) pitches against the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Texas won 3 to 2 . Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston Astros closer Ken Giles suffered a right wrist injury during batting practice Saturday and had to be carted off the field. X-rays came back negative, according to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle

It is uncertain when he'll return to the mound. 

Continue for updates.


Giles Injury Details Revealed 

Saturday, Sept. 24

Giles' wrist injury is being called a contusion, per Kaplan. 


Giles Carted Off the Field During BP

Saturday, Sept. 24

Mark Berman of Fox 26 relayed a video of Giles being tended to by medical personnel: 


A Healthy Giles Needed For Final Stretch of Regular Season

If the Astroswho were two games back in the American League wild-card race entering Saturday night—lose Giles down the stretch, they'll be in a tough spot. 

Although Giles has struggled with just 13 saves and a 4.31 ERA this season, he's a fireballer who wields a wicked two-pitch arsenal. According to FanGraphs, Giles is averaging 97.2 mph on his fastball and 86 mph on his slider this season. 

Luke Gregerson should serve as the Astros' closer if Giles misses any time. After he racked up a career-high 31 saves last season, Gregerson notched 15 saves earlier this year before moving to a role as the team's setup man.