Player News - Astros

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Charlie Morton allowed three hits over 4 1/3 innings in the Astros' 2-0 shutout of the Mets on Friday.

Morton struck out four in his latest strong outing. He's sporting a 1.05 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. There probably isn't any mixed-league potential here, but the Astros are probably going to be glad they signed him.
Mar 24 - 4:45 PM

Derek Fisher went 2-for-4 with three more steals Friday, giving him 10 stolen bases this spring.

Fisher has been a fine basestealer in the minors, but nothing like this; he was 28-for-35 in 129 games last year and 31-for-38 in 123 games in 2015. He's a pretty solid hitter, too, and it's possible he could factor into the Astros' left field mix by season's end. He's also potential trade bait.
Mar 24 - 4:42 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that it's looking more and more likely that Collin McHugh (arm) will get a late start to the season.

McHugh has been battling through a "dead arm" phase and hasn't made any Grapefruit League appearances this spring. He pitched in a minor league game Wednesday and is set to throw in another one Monday, so the Astros would be able to backdate a disabled list stint. The right-hander should be ready to rejoin the rotation sometime in April.
Mar 24 - 11:21 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Friday that Dallas Keuchel will be the team's Opening Day starter.

The only thing that would've prevented this is Keuchel showing up to camp with his shoulder still bothering him as it did last season. Instead, he's said he feels great and it's shown with a 1.50 ERA over three Grapefruit League outings. Keuchel should be in line for a bounce-back season if he can stay healthy.
Mar 24 - 11:16 AM

George Springer homered and doubled off Phil Hughes in the Astros' 8-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

Springer had been without a homer in 47 at-bats this spring coming into this one. If he just happened to be waiting until the end of the spring to start to turn it on, that'll be fine with the Astros.
Mar 22 - 4:39 PM

Dallas Keuchel yielded two runs in five innings Wednesday against the Twins.

Keuchel had the sinker working today and his velocity has been decent, if not quite up to 2015 standards. He should return to functioning as a solid mixed-league starter this year.
Mar 22 - 4:37 PM

While the rest of the Astros were 15-for-33, Josh Reddick went 0-for-4 from the two hole against the Twins on Wednesday.

Reddick has had a very quiet spring, hitting .205 with no extra-base hits and just one RBI in 39 at-bats. We wouldn't typically show much concern about a veteran hitter's spring showing, but Reddick really struggled coming down the stretch last year, too. The Astros made a hefty commitment to him, so he's not going anywhere. However, he'll likely open the season batting low in the order and perhaps sitting against a lot of lefties.
Mar 22 - 4:33 PM

Mike Fiers struck out five in four scoreless innings Tuesday as the Astros topped the Marlins 2-1.

Fiers was back on the mound today after missing his last start with a hamstring problem. Any slight chance there was of him losing his rotation spot prior to Opening Day is gone now with him sporting a 2.16 ERA in three starts. He's still not someone we'd recommend in AL-only leagues this year.
Mar 21 - 4:05 PM

Yuli Gurriel homered and doubled Tuesday against the Marlins.

The homer was his first in 42 at-bats this spring, and he also raised his average to .286. The Astros plan on making Gurriel their everyday first baseman this year, but they do have A.J. Reed ready to step in if Gurriel's bat disappoints. Most likely, Gurriel will prove pretty solid in the end.
Mar 21 - 4:00 PM

George Springer collected his third stolen base of the spring Tuesday against the Marlins.

Springer was quite a disappointment on the basepaths last year, going from 16-for-20 in 102 games in 2015 to 9-for-19 in 162 games. He was caught on four of his five attempts in April, and he just wasn't willing to try as often afterwards. So, it'd seem to be a good sign that he's already attempted four steals this spring, succeeding on all but one of them. If Springer can swipe 20 bases this year, he'd stand a good chance of finishing as a top-five fantasy outfielder.
Mar 21 - 3:57 PM

Astros sent C Max Stassi outright to Triple-A Fresno.

The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Stassi, 26, appeared in nine games with the Astros last season and batted .230/.294/.374 with seven homers and 32 RBI over 69 games at the Triple-A level.
Mar 21 - 2:48 PM

Astros optioned OF Teoscar Hernandez to Triple-A Fresno.

Hernandez, 24, batted .230 with four homers and a .724 OPS over 112 plate appearances during his first taste of the majors last year. He'll await another opportunity in the minors.
Mar 21 - 8:45 AM

Astros optioned INF Colin Moran to Triple-A Fresno.

Moran batted .389 (14-for-36) with two homers and two doubles over 19 games this spring, but he was always expected to begin the year in the minors. He could see time at multiple positions for a possible switch to a utility role.
Mar 21 - 8:42 AM

Astros optioned 1B Tyler White to Triple-A Fresno.

The Astros are poised to go into the season with Yuli Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez handling first base duties. White got off to a red-hot start last year, but he finished with a lowly .217/.286/.378 batting line. He'll serve as depth in Triple-A.
Mar 21 - 8:39 AM

Astros optioned 1B A.J. Reed to Triple-A Fresno.

It's not a surprise, as Yuli Gurriel has been the expected starter at first base all along, but Reed really impressed this spring by batting .306/.444/.667 with four homers and 11 RBI over 21 games. His 2016 was somewhat disappointing, but he could make things interesting if he continues to produce in Triple-A.
Mar 21 - 8:36 AM


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