Astros pitcher Josh James has hip surgery; out 6-8 months

Houston Astros pitcher Josh James is helped off the field during the eighth inning in Game 5 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Gregory Bull/AP)

HOUSTON — Astros pitcher Josh James underwent hip surgery and will need six to eight months to recover.

Houston general manager James Click said Saturday that James had a labral tear of his left hip repaired Friday.

James initially injured his hip Aug. 20 in a game at Colorado and went on the injured list. When the right-hander returned, he had a 1.35 ERA over 6 2-3 innings in his final six appearances of the regular season. James also appeared in three post-season games, pitching four innings.

For the regular season, James was 1-0 with a 7.27 ERA in 13 appearances (two starts) with 21 strikeouts.

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