Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez was scratched from his start Thursday night against the Texas Rangers with a cut on the index finger of his pitching hand.
Astros rookie RHP Luis Garcia will make the start instead in the series finale in Texas. He opposes Rangers rookie hurler Glenn Otto. The Astros have won two of the first three games.
Astros manager Dusty Baker said the injury occurred when Valdez put his hand on the outfield wall during batting practice. Baker said Valdez might be able to start Friday or Sunday against Arizona.
Valdez is 10-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts this season.
The Astros entered Thursday's action with a 6 1/2-game lead in the American League West.
--Field Level Media