Player News - Astros

Date: Team: Pos:

Carlos Correa has been cleared to participate in drills.

Correa dealt with some pain after having all four of his wisdom teeth removed last Thursday, but he's slowly getting back to normal. He already did some hitting on Tuesday and will now progress to full baseball activities.
Feb 22 - 9:57 AM

Dallas Keuchel isn't expected to pitch in his first spring training game for a couple of weeks.

It's not a big deal, as the schedule will still allow him to make five starts before the beginning of the regular season. Keuchel struggled through "major inflammation" in his rotator cuff last season while posting a 4.55 ERA over 26 starts, but he says that he feels great now. The Astros are banking on a rebound.
Feb 21 - 9:47 AM

Carlos Correa hit in the batting cage on Tuesday.

Correa has been limited in the early days of camp after having four wisdom teeth removed last Thursday. However, he hopes to be cleared for full activity before Wednesday's workout. He'll be back to normal soon enough.
Feb 21 - 8:43 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday morning that the plan is to have Carlos Correa "up and running fully in the next couple days."

Correa had his wisdom teeth removed last Thursday and was given the weekend off from baseball activities, though the young shortstop did get in a little cardio. It's no big deal here in February.
Feb 20 - 9:56 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that Michael Feliz has a "leg up" on landing a spot in the club's Opening Day bullpen.

The Astros like the power arm that the right-hander possesses as well as his ability to work multiple innings, making him a valuable weapon out of the bullpen. The 23-year-old registered a 4.43 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and jaw-dropping 13.2 K/9 over 65 innings out of the Astros' bullpen in 2016.
Feb 19 - 4:16 PM

Evan Gattis (shoulder) played catch from up to 75 feet on Sunday.

He also caught a bullpen session but did not throw the ball back to the pitcher. Gattis was given an anti-inflammatory shot last Wednesday due to soreness in his right shoulder, but he's feeling better. "It felt better than it did yesterday, which is a good sign," Gattis said after throwing on Sunday. "Just kind of keep taking these small victories and not try to get away with whatever we can. Take it slow. I'm optimistic."
Feb 19 - 12:26 PM

Dayan Diaz has yet to report to Astros camp due to a visa issue.

Diaz is expected to arrive early this week. The late start shouldn't affect his chances at winning an Opening Day bullpen job, although the odds weren't great to begin with.
Feb 19 - 10:29 AM

Yulieski Gurriel is expected to work primarily at first base during spring training.

The 32-year-old spent most of his rookie season at the hot corner but this year that position will be filled by Alex Bregman. Gurriel did make a few cameos at first last season, drawing four starts there in 2016. "He obviously knows third, but first base is a huge priority for him for the spring," said manager A.J. Hinch. "I will sprinkle in third base and be a little more bullish about his first-base time." Gurriel hit .262 with three homers and 15 RBI over 130 at-bats last year in his first taste of the big leagues.
Feb 18 - 5:02 PM

Evan Gattis (shoulder) is scheduled to do catching drills on Saturday, including throwing the ball back to the pitcher.

Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection in his shoulder on Wednesday to combat some minor soreness. It doesn't sound as though the injury is anything to worry about, but fantasy owners should keep an eye on the situation throughout the spring.
Feb 18 - 10:48 AM

Lance McCullers said Friday that he's working on developing his changeup this spring.

The young right-hander has basically been a two-pitch pitcher to this point, relying exclusively on a fastball and curveball. He's experiencing with a couple of different grips and seeking advice and input from veteran hurlers on the team, as well as Brian McCann. McCullers has already thrown several bullpen sessions this spring and is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of the season.
Feb 18 - 8:30 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Carlos Correa "may be limited for the first couple days" of full-squad workouts after getting his wisdom teeth removed Thursday.

It's no big deal, obviously, especially since spring training is a little longer than normal this year. Correa batted .274/.361/.451 with 20 homers, 96 RBI and 13 steals in 2016 in his first full season in the majors.
Feb 17 - 9:52 AM

Preston Tucker (shoulder) was cleared for full baseball activity in early February.

Tucker spent much of the offseason in rehab mode after requiring September surgery on his right shoulder, but he's close to 100 percent leading into spring training. Still, he's not guaranteed an Opening Day roster spot because of the talent on Houston's depth chart.
Feb 16 - 1:21 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Evan Gattis (shoulder) won't do any hitting or throwing "for a couple days."

Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection on Wednesday after complaining of some minor shoulder soreness. The early part of the spring can be brutal on some catchers -- especially catchers like Gattis who don't actually catch that often. He should be fine.
Feb 16 - 9:54 AM

Dallas Keuchel was sent home from Astros camp on Thursday morning due to the flu.

It was supposed to be his first official throw day, but the Astros will go ahead and push that back until the weekend. No worries here. Keuchel, 29, should have no trouble making up for lost time this early into spring training.
Feb 16 - 9:46 AM

Evan Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder on Wednesday.

Gattis skipped catching a bullpen session on Wednesday in order to get the injection, but he doesn't think it's anything serious. He should be fine in the next few days.
Feb 15 - 1:53 PM


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