Astros place Jeremy Peña on injured list with thumb injury, recall J.J. Matijevic

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After leaving for Houston on Tuesday, Jeremy Peña was shelved with a thumb injury.

The Houston Astros placed shortstop Jeremy Peña on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with left-thumb discomfort. The rookie was sent to Houston for further evaluations Tuesday, but due to a delayed flight, Peña will undergo testing Wednesday, general manager James Click said on SportsTalk 790.

Click noted the injury isn’t severe and the club will know more about Peña’s status Wednesday morning. In the month of June, Peña is slashing .263/.349/.395 with three extra-base hits through 38 at-bats.

Peña sustained the injury Monday in a diving attempt on a pop up in the third inning. Although staying in the game, the 24-year-old is now out for at least 10 days. To fill his roster spot, the Astros recalled first baseman and left fielder J.J. Matijevic from Triple-A Sugar Land.

Matijevic hit his first leadoff home run for the Space Cowboys on Tuesday in Round Rock. The lefty has hit leadoff in four-straight game, where he is 8-for-18 with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and five RBI.

Second on the Space Cowboys in home runs, Matijevic is also tied for fifth in the Pacific Coast League with 12 long balls. This is the 26-year-old’s second trip to the majors this season, while having five at-bats under his belt.

The Astros don’t have another healthy position player on the 40-man roster with Joe Perez (quad) and Niko Goodrum (hamstring) on the 7-day injured list in Double A and Triple A, respectively. Taylor Jones and Jake Meyers continue to rehab in Triple-A Sugar Land, while their assignment window comes to a close next week.

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The Astros’ weekend slate begins Friday at home against the Chicago White Sox. Framber Valdez gets the nod with Justin Verlander and Cristian Javier expected to follow Saturday and Sunday.