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Brad Peacock (hip) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

Peacock has been brought along slowly this spring as he works his way back from last October's hip surgery. He'll begin the season on the disabled list but could be an option for the Astros relatively early on in the year.
Mar 29 - 11:36 AM

Astros optioned C Max Stassi to Triple-A Fresno; re-assigned SS Carlos Correa, LHP Darin Downs, C Tyler Heineman, RHP James Hoyt and INF Gregorio Petit to minor league camp.

Correa is the biggest name here, but it's obviously no surprise that the top prospect didn't crack the Opening Day roster. He'll begin the season at Double-A and could possibly push to debut before the end of 2015.
Mar 29 - 8:36 AM

Astros optioned RHP Jake Buchanan to Triple-A Fresno.

He posted a 5.40 ERA over 8 1/3 innings this spring. Buchanan will be part of Fresno's rotation.
Mar 29 - 8:32 AM

Astros optioned 3B Matt Dominguez to Triple-A Fresno.

He batted just .250/.282/.250 this spring. With Luis Valbuena at the hot corner now and Colin Moran on the way, Dominguez's days as a starter in Houston are likely over.
Mar 29 - 8:31 AM

L.J. Hoes will have X-rays taken of his right hand and wrist after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

Hoes was hit by Marlins reliever Aaron Crow in the eighth inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game. The outfielder had his hand and wrist wrapped after the game, saying it "hurts pretty bad." More will be known after the tests, but it certainly doesn't look good for the outfielder trying to win a bench job with the Astros.
Mar 28 - 7:57 PM

Hank Conger homered for the Astros' lone run Saturday in a 1-1 tie versus the Marlins.

The homer came off Mat Latos. Conger also worked a walk. After opening the spring 2-for-21 while dealing with some wrist soreness, he's 5-for-9 with two homers in his last three games.
Mar 28 - 5:03 PM

Roberto Hernandez allowed one run and three hits in five innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Marlins.

Hernandez got 10 outs on the ground, which is what the Astros want to see from him. He's probably going to be the team's fifth starter, with Asher Wojciechowski being held back in Triple-A.
Mar 28 - 5:01 PM

Robbie Grossman (quad) has been cleared for game action.

Grossman had to leave Wednesday's game with a bruised quad, but he's OK after a day of rest. The 25-year-old is competing for a backup outfielder job.
Mar 27 - 3:59 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) has been cleared for game action.

Villar was held out of workouts for a day due to a sprained ankle, but he's fine. The 23-year-old has a good shot at a utility role with a .286/.390/.486 batting line so far this camp.
Mar 27 - 3:57 PM

Robbie Grossman (quad) is aiming to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Grossman suffered a left quad contusion Wednesday when he collided with teammate Jonathan Villar in an exhibition game. Grossman and Villar should both be fine for the beginning of the regular season.
Mar 26 - 12:20 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) was held out of workouts Thursday in Astros camp.

Villar left Wednesday's exhibition game with a right ankle sprain, but he told reporters Thursday that he is already feeling much better. The 23-year-old infielder should be fine for the start of the season, though it's unclear what his role will be.
Mar 26 - 12:18 PM

Samuel Deduno will open the season in long relief.

So the battle for the final rotation spot is down to Roberto Hernandez and Asher Wojciechowski. Deduno obviously carries no fantasy value in the Houston bullpen.

Carlos Correa homered and doubled Wednesday as the Astros beat the Phillies 7-1.

Correa has impressed with a .297 average and two homers in 36 at-bats this spring. If not for last June's fractured fibula, he might have been making a Kris Bryant-like push for a spot on the Astros' Opening Day roster. As is, he's probably still a full year away.
Mar 25 - 4:30 PM

Asher Wojciechowski picked up his first win of the spring Wednesday by limiting the Phillies to one run in 4 2/3 innings.

He struck out four and walked none. Wojciechowski has allowed two runs in 16 2/3 innings this spring, making him far and away the top performer of the candidates for the fifth spot in Houston's rotation. It still wouldn't be surprising to see the Astros choose Roberto Hernandez anyway.
Mar 25 - 4:28 PM

Jon Singleton went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and is a 2-for-23 slump over the last 11 days.

There's been talk of the Astros keeping both Singleton and Marisnick on the roster, though that would seem to mean having one on the bench each day (perhaps both could play when Colby Rasmus sits). From our perspective, it'd still make a lot more sense to send one back to Triple-A, allowing both to play regularly. Singleton got off to the hot start, but Marisnick has the better numbers now and the Astros are also a lot better defensively with Marisnick in center and Evan Gattis either at first base or DH (rather than left field). It'd seem to give Marisnick the advantage.
Mar 25 - 4:22 PM


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