Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 11/16/14
HOUSTON Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow seemed duty bound to mention the long haul that is spring training, the extended stay in Kissimmee, Fla., that commenced on Valentine's Day and concluded last weekend when the club departed for an exhibition in Corpus Christi. Six weeks away from home is a stern test to the constitution, even with the Sunshine State serving as the backdrop. Complicating matters for Luhnow was the arduous task of constructing his first 25-man roster from spring training invitees featuring optimistic youngsters and grizzled veterans whose primary role was to challenge the neophytes. In hindsight there was little chance for Livan Hernandez or Jack Cust or Zach Duke to make the final cut on opening day, not with the Astros in the throes of rebuilding and anxious to put the promise of their prospects into practice. Luhnow exercised due diligence before making these obvious decisions in an attempt for complete assuredness that fully initiating the Astros' yout...
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