12:51 PM EDT, Tue March 31, 2015
Houston Chronicle 17 hours ago

Pitchers Hernandez, Thatcher sit in good position to make major-league roster

The Astros must decide by 11 a.m. (CST) Tuesday whether or not to keep righthanded starter Roberto Hernandez, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. The Astros also must make a decision on veteran lefthander Joe Thatcher. Both appear in good positions to make the club. Hernandez signed a $2.65 million minor-league […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 28, 2015

Roberto Hernandez making one final pitch to crack Astros rotation

JUPITER, Fla. — Roberto Hernandez laid his case to rest Saturday afternoon in a 1-1 tie on the road against the Marlins, turning in an impressive performance in his last start before the Astros have to make a decision. The front-runner to be the Astros’ fifth starter, Hernandez threw five innings of one-run, three-hit ball. […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 22, 2015

Roberto Hernandez vies for final spot in Astros’ rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Roberto Hernandez’s rotation candidacy could hinge on next weeeknd’s performance. The righthander is the most experienced candidate the Astros have for the final spot in the rotation. Briefly, it appeared that two spots would be open with Brett Oberholtzer suffering a minor left lat strain, but Oberholtzer’s on pace to be ready […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 17, 2015

Roberto Hernandez has an up-and-down day

BRADENTON, Fla. – Veteran righthander Roberto Hernandez, who is competing for the fifth spot in the Astros’ rotation, noticed stark improvement with his slider Tuesday afternoon against the Pirates. Hernandez could have escaped his three innings of work without giving up a run, but his inability to cover first base on a pickoff proved costly […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 13, 2015

Newcomer Roberto Hernandez makes first Astros appearance

Righthander Roberto Hernandez, a non-roster invitee who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, will make his first start of spring Tuesday against the Pirates in Bradenton. Hernandez gave up five hits and two runs with one walk and one strikeout over three innings of relief Friday against the Nationals. “Roberto, he’s a […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 5, 2015

Roberto Hernandez arrives, throws first bullpen

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Righty Roberto Hernandez took a physical and then threw his first bullpen in an Astros uniform Thursday morning, after flying in from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night. Both the timing of Hernandez’s signing, on Feb. 12, and the fact that he went by an assumed name previously in his career, Fausto […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 4, 2015

Roberto Hernandez receives visa, to join Astros camp

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The only missing player from Astros camp, righthander Roberto Hernandez, has received his visa. Hernandez has a 5:30 p.m. flight Wednesday night from the Dominican Republic. Hernandez actually had his visa approved Friday, but the process wasn’t completed until this week because of a holiday in the Dominican Republic. “I need to […]

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