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  • Unsigned 2014 1-1 pick Brady Aiken wrote today in the Player's Tribune that he had Tommy John surgery yesterday.Aiken made his 2015 debut for the IMG Academy last week, and left his start after 12 pitches (maybe 14, I can't remember exactly. It wasn't a ... read more...
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  • Lefthander Brady Aiken, who went unsigned after being selected first overall by the Astros in the 2014 draft, underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow on Wednesday, according to a piece penned by the 18-year-old on theplayerstribune.com. After concerns arose regarding a reportedly abnormally small UCL in Aiken’s left elbow led to the Astros […] read more...
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  • In the surprise (not) move of the offseason, the Astros traded Dan Johnson to the Cincinnati Reds. In return for Johnson, the Astros will receive either a player to be named later or cash considerations for the veteran first baseman. Johnson signed a minor league contract earlier in the offseason, and has helped mentor some […] ... read more...
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  • The Astros picked up Colby Rasmus immediately after trading Dexter Fowler to the Cubs this offseason to secure some extra depth in the outfield. His addition to the roster has complicated things in Kissimmee this spring, but in a good way. Jake Marisnick, Robbie Grossman and Alex Presley are on the bubble to be included […] ... read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jandel Gustave, one of three players the Astros lost in the Rule 5 draft over the winter, was claimed off waivers by the Padres on Thursday. The righthander can reach 100 mph but hasn’t pitched above Low Class A and wasn’t going to make the Royals bullpen. The Royals put Gustave on waivers […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. — It was only a matter of time before veteran Dan Johnson landed with another organization. That came to pass midday Thursday when the first baseman was traded to the Reds for cash or a player to be named later. When Johnson, a minor league non-roster invitee, signed as a free agent with the […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. — It’s still unclear if righty reliever Josh Fields will be ready for opening day. He strained his right groin Monday on one pitch he threw against the Braves, and said Thursday morning that the injury has since calmed down. But he knew little else at this point. “Feeling pretty good. Just taking […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. — In the immediate aftermath of an on-field collision Wednesday, outfielder Robbie Grossman seemed more hurt than Jonathan Villar. Villar on Wednesday made a great catch in right-center field while sliding feet first into the former, Grossman, who briefly hobbled around before remaining in the road game against the Phillies. Both players were […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. — All teams are getting feedback on how they’re faring with MLB’s new center field clock, which times clubs on how long they take in-between innings. Clubs too are hearing about how much time pitchers are taking in-between pitches — something that isn’t governed by a rule, but an area that MLB is nonetheless […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Southpaw Brett Oberholtzer said Thursday morning his left lat feels good after a 46-pitch outing in a Class AAA game a day earlier. He’s set to start a Grapefruit League game Monday, and then pitch in one of the two exhibition games the Astros play against the Royals in Houston, April 3-4, before […] read more...
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  • Saturday September 26, 1981 was a typically balmy late-summer day in Houston, TX.  The temperature was comfortably in the 80s, as it had been for the entire month, and the game was also televised as NBC’s game of the week, as Astros Daily noted in its article on the game.  A crowd of 32,115 was […] ... read more...
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  • Miami pitcher Jarred Cosart won’t make his start against the Astros on Friday because of a blister on his middle finger,  the Miami Herald reported. Cosart, the former Astros who is being investigated by MLB after he was linked to possible gambling via Twitter, told the Herald he is cooperating with MLB. “Obviously I was […] read more...
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  • Before we get rolling on this post, I wanted to let everyone know my feelings on the fifth spot in the rotation. The competition is now down to two players, Roberto Hernandez and Asher Wojciechowski. In my opinion, Asher Wojciechowski has earned the spot with his 2015 spring numbers. However, in the world of being […] ... read more...
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  • It’s often said that sports is a business — especially when a fan favorite is sent elsewhere by the team or leaves on his own for a big pay raise — and in the case of Major League Baseball, business is good. MLB saw its franchises experience unprecedented growth over the offseason, according to the […] read more...
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  • Southpaw Brett Oberholtzer’s return from a left lat strain had him start in a Class AAA game Wednesday afternoon in Kissimmee while the big league team was in Clearwater playing the Phillies. “Obie threw two-plus innings, I think 2 2/3, 46 pitches, from what I understand,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday afternoon. “Came out […] read more...
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