Third baseman Luis Valbuena has been a consistent of power for the Astros over the past two seasons. Houston will be without his bat and slick fielding for the remainder of the 2016 season. Valbuena will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his right hamstring after setback during rehab in Baltimore, per the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan.
Luis Valbuena will have season-ending surgery in the next couple days, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) August 23, 2016
Valbuena, 30, was traded to the Astros before the 2015 season with Dan Straily from the Cubs for Dexter Fowler. He batted .260 (79x292) with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 90 games in 2016 with the Astros in what will most likely be his final season in Houston.
After starting his time in Houston as a bench bat, he won the starting third base job over Jed Lowrie. Valbuena was the Astros starting third baseman in the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 Opening Day third baseman.