If anyone follows @brianmctaggart on Twitter, you may know he’s not to fond of the Springer promotion question. Well, sorry Mr. McTaggart, expect to hear that question early and often this season. I don’t expect Springer to make the roster opening day. The Astros have quality players and depth at that position where they can afford to keep Springer in Triple-A for control reasons. If the Astros wait past April 10th (according to Evan Drellich), the Astros will guarantee themselves an extra year of control. That in itself is a reason to keep Springer in Triple-A until then. Check out the rest of the links for more!
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) on Alex White’s recovery.
Barely nine months removed from Tommy John surgery, White found himself with quite a different audience Thursday afternoon at sun-splashed Minute Maid Park, where he threw in the bullpen in front of general manager Jeff Luhnow, assistant general manager David Stearns and members of the medical staff.
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on George Springer’s potential promotion.
- Ray Kuhn and Andy Pondillo (Climbing Tal’s Hill) (Podcast) talk Astros top 10 prospects.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— Robert Ford (@raford3) January 17, 2014
- Adam Wexler (CSN Houston) recaps the Rockets 3-1 road trip.
This just-completed road trip could only be described as a roller coaster, but only if that roller coaster had the biggest climbs and the steepest drops in the world. They led 11-0 in Atlanta only to go ice cold and lose by three, scoring just 80 points, their lowest total of the season. They held a 25-point lead in Washington, only to fall behind by five, before coming back to win, 114-107.
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) says Patrick Beverley should be close to returning.
- Michael Pina (Red94.net) on Dwight Howard’s defensive presence.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
“We couldn’t sustain anything in the second half,” – McHale. #Rockets
— AdamWexlerCSN (@awexler) January 17, 2014
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) on what went wrong with the Texans linebackers.
Before the 2012 season, the Texans offered Connor Barwin a contract as he went into the final year of his rookie deal. It was a good offer, but Barwin chose to wait and play out the season. His 2012 season wasn’t as good as his 2011 season, and the Texans then let him go in free agency. There were some on the personnel side who were relieved Barwin didn’t take the deal offered in the summer of 2012. Perhaps they shouldn’t have been.
- James Palmer/Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) grade the 2013 Texans secondary.
- Eric SanInocencio (HoustonTexans.com) profiles Teddy Bridgewater.
- Texans tweet of the day…
I hate to say this but the Rockets pulled a Texans tonight. That is something the Texans would do.
— Brad (@TexansGuy80) January 17, 2014