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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

Jonathan Villar exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with a right ankle sprain.

Villar suffered the injury in a collision with his teammate Robbie Grossman. We should have more clarity on his status soon.
Mar 25 - 3:15 PM

Robbie Grossman left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with a left quad contusion.

Grossman was involved in a collision with teammate Jonathan Villar earlier in the game. The Astros decided to play things safe, but it's not a major concern. Consider him day-to-day.
Mar 25 - 3:13 PM

Brad Peacock (hip) could throw in a Grapefruit League game on Sunday.

Peacock, who is coming off October hip surgery, pitched in a minor league intrasquad game on Tuesday. He could be DL-bound for the start of the season, but he's not far off.
Mar 25 - 12:15 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday that Josh Fields (groin) won't throw off a mound for a couple of days.

Fields left Monday's game with a mild right groin strain, so the Astros are giving him a bit of a break. There's still a chance he'll be ready for the season.
Mar 25 - 12:11 PM

Collin McHugh gave up three runs -- two earned -- and two hits in five innings Tuesday as the Astros edged the Mets 4-3.

McHugh struck out seven and walked one. His spring ERA stands at 4.96, but with him having fanned 19 in 16 1/3 innings, that hardly seems worthy of concern. His stuff was just fine today.
Mar 24 - 5:46 PM

Jake Marisnick went 2-for-2 and hit his first spring homer Tuesday against the Mets.

Marinick got a hanging slider from Zach Thornton in the seventh inning and treated it exactly as it deserved. While power hasn't been part of Marisnick's game in the majors, he has the raw strength to hit 12-15 homers per year. First, he needs to secure a starting job. He's back up to .310 for the spring now after going 0-for-11 in his previous five games.
Mar 24 - 5:42 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Brad Peacock (hip) threw in a minor league intrasquad game Tuesday.

Peacock was originally scheduled to pitch Monday, but the outing got pushed back due to rain. The 27-year-old is working his way back from October hip surgery and doesn't have enough time to get stretched out for a rotation spot. Odds are he'll begin the season on the disabled list and go on a minor league rehab assignment.
Mar 24 - 3:22 PM

Scott Feldman gave up five runs in three innings Monday in a loss to the Braves.

Feldman allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out none. He's given up eight runs without recording a single strikeout over six innings in his last two starts. Feldman dealt with some early season shoulder tendinitis last year before coming back strong. It might be worth wondering whether the problem has crept up again.
Mar 23 - 5:39 PM

Facing his former team, Evan Gattis homered Monday against the Braves in his return to the lineup.

It's nice to see Gattis homer right away after he missed eight days with a sore wrist. It was his lone hit in three at-bats as a DH today.
Mar 23 - 5:33 PM


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