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Jason Castro remains the Astros' catcher of the future, and he came to Spring Training in good health and with plenty left to prove. Despite losing a year to injury in his young career, Castro is thankful to be back on the field and back in his element.
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It's appropriate Disney World is located only a short distance from where the Houston Astros officially opened spring training Monday at The Astros Osceola County Stadium complex in Kissimmee, FL. Like Mickey's wonderland, spring baseball is a time that players and fans hope that dreams can come true, so much that new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow proclaimed today the...
Last year in this space I bashed the now former columnist for the Houston Chronicle Richard Justice for creating a false narrative in regard to the supposed youth movement the Astros were about to field. Justice had been arguing that the 2011 season was all about the performance of three young players, namely Brett Wallace, Chris Johnson, and Jason Castro. If this was all the season...
Some little-known facts about Brett Wallace and his massive thighs:
With certain breeds of dogs, you can get an idea of how big they will be based upon the size of their paws as a puppy. At two-years-old, Wallace’s thighs suggested a career as a corner infielder.
Brett Wallace’s thighs have thighs.
With those tree trunks, all of his baseball pants are naturally pro-flared...
Pepperdine’s baseball team is sporting new uniforms this season that make them look like the old school Houston Astros. They’re getting fantastic reviews except for the UA logo square in the middle that Uni Watch aptly calls “a major turd in the punch bowl.” Except for the logo, I can dig ‘em. Let’s just hope Pamela approves.
Picture Credit: Shotgun Spratling, H/T A. Liu
By Mark Mitchell
The theme of the Houston Astros spring training is competition, and one of the most contested battles is who will emerge to earn spots in the starting pitching rotation.
With Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Bud Norris assured -- use that word cautiously with this team - the first three spots in the rotation, a variety of candidates are vying...
For the first time since he was in the Arizona Fall League last October, Astros catcher Jason Castro caught in the bullpen during Monday's first day of workouts. Castro had surgery in January to remove a bone from his left foot after missing all of last year due to ACL surgery on his right knee.
Astros third baseman Jimmy Paredes, who has been in camp several days already, doesn't plan to swing a bat until the first official full-squad workout on Sunday. Paredes injured his left wrist in January while playing in the Dominican and has been getting treatment.
Three days into spring camp, veteran catcher and Houston native Chris Snyder couldn't be feeling better. Snyder is coming off back surgery that forced him to miss the final 3 1/2 months of the season, but he said his back feels great.
Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer, who was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop following last season, apologized publicly for the first time Monday shortly after arriving at camp.
The oldest Astros player in camp is 15-year veteran Livan Hernandez, who signed a Minor League contract with hopes of winning a rotation spot. The 37-year-old Hernandez said he signed with the Astros because he heard great things about the organization.
Pitcher Lucas Harrell was sporting a big bruise on his right forearm Tuesday, one day after he suffered the first injury of the spring when he took a ground ball off his arm during pitchers' fielding practice (PFPs).
The Astros have plenty of live arms in camp, and it's the belief of general manager Jeff Luhnow to develop the club's best arms as starters until it's deemed they're best suited for the bullpen.
The candidates come in all shapes, sizes and ages. From the robust 15-year veteran Livan Hernandez, to the tall, slender 21-year-old Jordan Lyles, the Astros have made sure to create a wealth of competition for their starting pitching rotation.