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Luis Cruz was forced to take Saturday off from throwing due to swelling in his pitching hand.

Cruz sustained the injury on Friday when he jammed his hand trying to field a ground ball during pitcher's fielding practice. He's hopeful that he'll be able to play catch on Sunday and resume mound work shortly after.
Feb 28 - 3:42 PM

Brad Peacock ran for 20 minutes Wednesday without experiencing any discomfort in his hip.

Peacock needed hip surgery last October, but his rehab has gone smoothly up to this point and he should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. The right-hander has already completed two bullpen sessions. He will be competing for the fifth spot in the Astros' starting rotation this spring.
Feb 26 - 8:42 AM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday that Roberto Hernandez is expected in camp later this week.

Hernandez is having visa issues in his native Dominican Republic, but the Astros believe it will be resolved soon. The veteran right-hander will be in the mix for the fifth spot in Houston's rotation this spring, but he might have to settle for a swingman role.
Feb 25 - 10:17 AM

Josh Fields (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Tuesday without incident.

Fields had his second bullpen of the spring pushed back a day due to left hamstring tightness, but he's feeling better now. "Oh, it's fine," said Fields. "It didn't give me any problems today at all. I think it was just something real minor, and I thank the Lord it's not lingering. It was fine." Fields had a 4.45 ERA and 70/17 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings last season and will pitch in a set-up role in 2015.
Feb 24 - 2:41 PM

Jonathan Villar will play some second and third base during spring training.

Villar has only played shortstop in his two seasons with the Astros, but his best shot at a roster spot in 2015 will be as a utility player. The 23-year-old does have some limited experience at second base (20 games) and third base (three games) from his minor league days.
Feb 22 - 9:43 AM

Vince Velasquez will miss the next two-to-three weeks as he recovers from a strained right lat muscle.

Velasquez suffered the injury on November 4 while playing in the Arizona Fall League. The 22-year-old is among the Astros' top prospects and, while he wasn't a candidate to break camp with the club, he's missing valuable time to make an impression on new manager A.J. Hinch. Velasquez had a 3.74 ERA and 72/23 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings with High-A Lancaster last season.
Feb 21 - 4:17 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Saturday that Brett Oberholtzer will have the first crack at winning the fourth spot in the team's Opening Day rotation.

The 25-year-old southpaw made 24 starts for the Astros in 2014, compiling a 4.39 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 94/28 K/BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings. His fantasy appeal is limited to AL-only and deep mixed league formats.
Feb 21 - 1:51 PM

Roberto Hernandez has not reported to Astros' camp due to visa issues.

Hernandez is throwing bullpen sessions in his native Domincan Republic while the visa issue is sorted out. He'll compete for a rotation spot once he arrives to spring training but is likely to settle into a swingman role.
Feb 20 - 2:29 PM

Brad Peacock lost 28 pounds over the offseason.

Peacock had hip surgery last October, and the weight loss no doubt is designed to give him more flexibility. The right-hander is expected to throw his first bullpen session of the spring in the next couple days and has a good shot to be ready for Opening Day. He'll compete for a spot in the Astros' rotation.
Feb 20 - 10:29 AM

Roberto Hernandez may be late arriving to spring training due to visa issues.

"I haven’t been told he’s going to be late, but he would be the one question," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Hernandez, 34, was unsigned until last Thursday, so he hasn't had much time to work on getting a visa prior to camp opening. The right-hander will try to win a spot on the roster after signing a minor league contract with the club.
Feb 18 - 9:55 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday that Brad Peacock (hip) will get on the mound "pretty soon."

Peacock had bone spurs removed from his right hip in October and Luhnow expects that he will be a "little bit behind" the other pitchers in camp. His status for Opening Day is in question at the moment, but he could be a candidate for a rotation spot eventually. The 27-year-old had a 4.72 ERA and 119/70 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings last year.
Feb 18 - 10:33 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday that he plans to give Jake Marisnick a look in center field early on this spring.

This means that Colby Rasmus will likely be mixed in at the corner outfield spots. The Astros have a lot of moving pieces between their outfield, first base, catcher, and the DH spot, so this is a situation that will need to be followed closely in the spring.
Feb 17 - 1:58 PM

Astros signed LHP Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll earn $1 million if he makes the roster (which shouldn't be an issue as long as he's healthy) with an addition $1.3 million available in incentives. Thatcher is a prototypical LOOGY, as he's pitched under 40 innings each of the last five seasons. He's good at what he does, though, boasting a career 3.40 ERA and 244/79 K/BB ratio over 238 innings while holding lefties to a .230/.289/.351 batting line.
Feb 13 - 12:38 PM

One source told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that they believe the Astros will sign Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract.

However, another source was more "cautious" about predicting Thatcher would sign with Houston. It's hard to believe the lefty reliever would have to settle for a minor league deal, as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported earlier Thursday that Thatcher was in talks with 10-plus teams. He held a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings last season.
Feb 12 - 9:31 PM

Astros signed RHP Roberto Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The man formerly known as Fausto Carmona couldn't find a guaranteed major league contract on the open market this winter after posting a 4.10 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 105/73 K/BB ratio in 164 2/3 innings last season between the Phillies and Dodgers. He'll act as rotation depth (and maybe long relief depth) for Houston.
Feb 12 - 3:13 PM


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