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Astros place pitcher Cristian Javier on the injured list and recall José Abreu from the minor leagues

SEATTLE – Houston Astros right-handers Cristian Javier and José Urquidy will each undergo an MRI after both experienced discomfort in their forearms.

Javier was placed on the 15-day injured list on Monday. Urquidy was pulled early from his rehab start at Triple-A Sugar Land last Friday. Houston manager Joe Espada said before Monday night's series opener in Seattle that both pitchers will get MRIs on Tuesday.

Javier, 27, threw four innings and allowed a season-high eight hits in his last start against the Angels last Tuesday. It was his third start since missing 18 games earlier this season with neck discomfort. Javier sat out his scheduled bullpen on Sunday because of pain in his right forearm.

Urquidy was in his third rehab outing for Sugar Land when he was taken out of the game after 3 2/3 innings. He has not pitched in the major leagues this season due to forearm discomfort.

Houston brought back right-hander Alex Speas from Sugar Land to take Javier's spot on the roster. The Astros also brought back first baseman José Abreu from Sugar Land and had him play first base against the Mariners. The 2020 AL MVP began the season with a .099 batting average and three RBIs in 22 games before accepting a demotion to the minor leagues.