Astros’ James Has Surgery

NASHVILLE–Astros righthander Brad James will undergo surgery next week to have a screw inserted in his fractured right foot. James will be in a boot for six weeks, and is expected to be ready for spring training.

The 23-year-old went 9-2, 1.98 at high Class A Salem before being promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi, where he finished the regular season with 1-5, 5.17 numbers.

A 2004 29th-rounder, James  ended 2007 in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-2, 7.00 in 18 innings. A sinker-slider pitcher, James worked extensively to improve his changeup in the AFL for Mesa.