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Houston Chronicle Mar 1, 2015

New Astros Gattis to see majority of work in left field during spring training

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Even though slugger Evan Gattis participated in the catchers’ meeting on Saturday, the catcher-outfielder will work primarily in left field this spring with the Astros. Gattis spent most of his first two seasons in the majors with the Braves behind the plate, catching in 136 of his 213 games. He played four […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 1, 2015

Appel, Fields draw praise for early bullpen work

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Righthanders Mark Appel and Josh Fields were among the pitchers who drew special praise after they threw their second live batting practices of spring. “Appel took a good step forward,” Hinch said. “I thought he threw the ball well. I thought Fields threw the ball really well and looks like we want […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 1, 2015

Swollen left hand keeps Cruz from live batting practice

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Lefthanded pitcher Luis Cruz, who injured his pitching hand trying to field a grounder Friday, noticed progress although he was limited to long toss because of his swollen hand. The injury kept Cruz from throwing his previously scheduled live batting practice session. “We’ll sort of keep evaluating him,” manager A.J. Hinch said […]
Houston Chronicle Mar 1, 2015

Astros A to Z: Scott Feldman

Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Scott Feldman. SCOTT FELDMAN Position: Pitcher Bats/throws: Left/right Height/weight: 6-7, 220 Opening day age: 32 Hometown: Peoria, Ariz. How acquired: Free agent, December 2013 MLB experience: Eight seasons 2014 recap: Feldman […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 28, 2015

Astros prospect Ronald Torreyes attributes work ethic to big league opportunities

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – As a young teen, Ronald Torreyes travelled throughout Venezuela visiting baseball academies in search of a contract. Most teams didn’t even bother calling back to say they weren’t interested. When teams actually called the petite infielder, the answer was often the same: No gracias. No thanks. He headed back home dejected but […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 28, 2015

The Sports Update: A fan’s perspective on Astros spring training in Florida

In the latest edition of The Sports Update series, Houston Chronicle photojournalist Karen Warren catches up with long-time Astros season-ticket holder Jan Mingus, who spends every spring with her favorite team in Kissimmee, Fla. karen.warren@chron.com twitter.com/karenwarrenHC
Houston Chronicle Feb 28, 2015

The Sports Update: Ortiz On Rain Shortened Astros Workout

Astros beat writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz talks about Saturday at Astros camp.
Houston Chronicle Feb 28, 2015

Rain forces Astros to alter schedule

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Astros were forced to limit their workout and alter their plans Saturday morning because of rain at Osceola County Stadium. With bullpen sessions moved to the indoor batting cages, Hinch began installing the club’s signs with meetings in the clubhouse. The position players began their session on the signs while the […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 28, 2015

Astros A to Z: Matt Dominguez

Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Matt Dominguez. MATT DOMINGUEZ Position: Infielder Bats/throws: Right/right Height/weight: 6-1, 220 Opening day age: 25 Hometown: Van Nuys, Calif. How acquired: Trade with Miami, July 2012 MLB experience: Two seasons 2014 […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 27, 2015

The Sports Update: Drellich on Astros’ outfield

Astros beat writer Evan Drellich breaks down the team’s outfield situation from spring training in Kissimmee, Fla.
Houston Chronicle Feb 27, 2015

The Sports Update: Ortiz from Astros camp

Chronicle Astros writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz wraps up Friday’s happenings at spring training in Kissimmee, Fla.
Houston Chronicle Feb 27, 2015

Astros manager A.J. Hinch keeping close watch on catchers

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Although live batting practice sessions are mainly for the benefit of the pitchers and to a lesser extent to help the hitters get their timing at the plate, manager A.J. Hinch is also paying close attention to the catchers. At one point during Chad Qualls’ session, Hinch noticed that catcher Max Stassi […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 27, 2015

Days off will be rare for Astros in spring training

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Astros have three days scheduled off – March 11, 18 and 26 – during the Grapefruit League this year. But the team is probably going to have only one true day off this spring. Manager A.J. Hinch says the club will likely schedule a B Game on March 11 and likely […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 27, 2015

Astros pitchers Brett Oberholtzer, Samuel Deduno get high marks from Jason Castro

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Astros catcher Jason Castro liked what he saw while catching lefthander Brett Oberholtzer and righthander Samuel Deduno in live batting practice sessions Friday. “Obie looked good,” Castro said. “He had some good movement today, some late life on his sinker. He’s working on throwing changeups to lefties and righties, so it will […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 27, 2015

Astros players go through domestic violence briefing

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Astros players went through a mandatory domestic violence awareness meeting before their workout Friday morning at Osceola County Stadium. The coaching staff went through the same seminar after practice. “It’s not a very happy subject or anything like that, but it was definitely helpful to hear things like that,” Astros third baseman […]

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