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Luke Gregerson has been named the Astros' closer.

It was a predictable decision. Gregerson posted a 2.12 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings last season for the A's and should carry considerable fantasy value this year on a quickly-improving Astros team.
Mar 31 - 4:12 PM

Roberto Hernandez has been named the Astros' No. 5 starter.

Manager A.J. Hinch hasn't decided whether Hernandez will start the third, fourth or fifth game, but the veteran has been told he'll be part of the rotation. The veteran right-hander managed to post a decent 3.71 ERA this spring despite a 5/7 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. He's not a bad guy to have to eat innings, but there's no fantasy value to be had here.
Mar 30 - 9:03 PM

Astros purchased the contract of LHP Joe Thatcher from Triple-A Fresno.

Thatcher pretty much just had to not get hurt in order to make the team, and he cemented his case with a 1.23 ERA this spring. The veteran southpaw will be a lefty specialist.
Mar 30 - 8:32 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Monday that Josh Fields (groin) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

Fields hasn't thrown off a mound in a week due to a groin malady and it's not clear when he'll be cleared to throw off the bump. "It's getting tough," Hinch said. "At some point, we're going to run out of time. Now that we're a week away from Opening Day and [Fields] hasn't been on the mound for a long time, it's getting dangerously close. At the same time, we have to make sure that there are no setbacks and no length into the season that he wouldn't be available."
Mar 30 - 7:04 PM

Brad Peacock gave up four runs -- three earned -- over two-thirds of an inning in his spring debut Sunday against the Yankees.

Peacock is being brought along slowly after hip surgery, and he'll spend the first month of the season on a rehab assignment in the minors. If he does well, he could join the Astros rotation afterwards.
Mar 29 - 4:47 PM

X-Rays came back negative on the hand and wrist of L.J. Hoes on Sunday.

Hoes was drilled by a pitch in Saturday's Cactus League contest, but luckily avoided and breaks in either his hand or his wrist. He should be able to return to the lineup in a couple of days once the swelling subsides.
Mar 29 - 4:32 PM

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


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