Found February 24, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Jordan Lyles
TEAMS: Houston Astros
Minor League pitching coordinator Jon Matlack took some extra time following workouts Friday to have a one-on-one, hands-on session with 21-year-old right-hander Jordan Lyles on one of the pitching mounds.

Astros get C Jason Castro back from injury

(Eds: With AP Photos.) As bad as last season was for the Houston Astros, it was worse for Jason Castro. The season never really happened for the team's standout young catcher, who tore his right ACL during the second exhibition game a year ago. He had reconstructive surgery March 4 and spent the entire season rehabbing the knee. ''You can't take anything for granted...

No-name Astros have look of expansion team

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer The sign on the facade of Osceola County Stadium is a reminder of better times: Houston Astros - 2005 National League Champions. My, how things have changed. Coming off a 106-loss season, the Astros are going through spring training with a roster full of unproven players, looking very much like...

Weiland aims to seize opportunity with Astros

Kyle Weiland, acquired by the Astros on Dec. 14 along with Jed Lowrie in exchange for pitcher Mark Melancon, find himself among a group of promising young arms trying to crack the Astros' rotation.

Escalona skips Friday's bullpen session

Astros left-handed relief pitcher Sergio Escalona, who hyperextended his left elbow swinging a bat earlier in the week, skipped his third scheduled bullpen session Friday morning as a precaution. He will be reevaluated Saturday.

Hope doesn't spring eternal for these teams

The Houston Astros were baseball's worst team a year ago, going 56-106, but they're not the only team that appears to have little hope of contending this season: BALTIMORE ORIOLES: They're coming off a sixth straight season with at least 90 losses and play in baseball's toughest division, the AL East, so it's tough to see how the Orioles move up anytime soon...

Lowrie's passion illuminates trip of a lifetime

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie grew to appreciate nature, and a developing passion for photography prompted him and his new bride, Milessa Muchmore-Lowrie, to take a two-week African safari honeymoon to Tanzania following their marriage last November.

Wandy not concerned about back tightness

Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez had to cut short his bullpen session Wednesday, when he felt some tightness in his lower back. He told the team's athletic trainers and manager Brad Mills it wasn't anything to be concerned about.

A Call to Pro Wrestling Fans: My Open Letter to Phil Mushnick

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Astros to hold first full workout on Sunday

The Astros will hold their first full-squad workout on Sunday, when all 63 players in Major League camp are scheduled to hit the field for the first time this spring.

Competition abounds for final rotation spot

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.
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