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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.
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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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
When J.D. Martinez goes out on the town, he conveniently stays away from mentioning that he plays for the Astros.
I love professional wrestling and will always support it, which is why it angered me when I saw a column from Phil Mushnick of the NY Post.
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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.