May 19, 2024

Astros pitcher provides an optimistic update on his injury as Spring Training kicks off. While the team received disappointing news regarding ace Justin Verlander’s shoulder injury, another pitcher, J.P. France, shared more positive news about his own shoulder issue.

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During the first day of Spring Training, France disclosed that he initially experienced discomfort in his right shoulder during a bullpen session two weeks prior. However, an MRI revealed inflammation, leading him to halt throwing for a week. Thankfully, he has resumed throwing off flat ground and remains confident that his injury isn’t severe.

“We’re back to feeling good. We’re just taking it slow, playing it safe,” France stated after recent throwing sessions. Despite concerns about missing Opening Day, he expressed no worries and characterized his injury as “just a little inflammation.”

France is proceeding cautiously to prevent setbacks, but his progress indicates improvement. Barring any setbacks during Spring Training, he should be ready for the season opener.

This update is reassuring for the Astros, who rely on France as a crucial member of their rotation for the upcoming season. The 28-year-old right-hander had an impressive rookie season, posting an 11-6 record with a 3.83 ERA in 136 1/3 innings last year.

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