JULY 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura (23) takes relief pitcher Jesse Crain (26) out of the game in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 8-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros News And Notes: Spring Training Injury Updates And Much More

We are so close to actual baseball!!! Pitchers, catchers, and most of the team has Here, I’m going to recap all the latest tidbits of the last week. The pieces of big news received its own articles but all small information will be recapped in Houston Astros News and Notes on each Friday as we get ready for Spring Training to officially begin.

Jesse Crain‘s MRI on his right calf revealed a low-grade strain of his right calf. Crain’s debut was already expected to be delayed after undergoing surgery on his arm in October, and he now is expected to rest a bit before he continues his rehab to get into shape. Crain told Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) that he doesn’t think the calf injury will change his timetable.

“No, I don’t think this changes it. If anything it causes me not to rush, which I’ve been trying not to do the whole time.”

Mark Appel threw his bullpen expression following an emergency appendectomy in January. Appel told Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) that his time off brought him some perspective.

“I don’t want to say an appendectomy is a good thing, but it really gave me time to just think about the things I need to accomplish at Spring Training. Laying down in bed for a couple of days just really helped me prepare myself mentally for what to expect and just the stuff that I need to do.”

Appel proclaimed himself between 80-85% healthy, though he’s not sure the next time he’ll take the mound.

Rudy Owens seems to be fully healthy following a stress fracture in his foot that caused him to miss all of 2013. Owens told Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) he still feels some pain from time-to-time, but it’s much better than it was last year.

“Foot’s good. I mean, it’s getting there. It gets sore sometimes when I run. I take a few days off of running and it feels good again. So I mean, it’s just up and down with the soreness. But pitching wise, there’s no pain.”

Owens is one of several pitchers trying to earn one of the five spots in the starting rotation this season.

– Here’s the latest update from Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on the Astros trying to figure out their future Spring Training plans.

The Astros’ plan to move their spring training site to Palm Beach Gardens in tandem with the Blue Jays is sinking, and the club is instead talking with the Nationals about a new site elsewhere in Palm Beach County.

The Astros and Nationals have spoken about it, albeit not extensively, and plan to do so again, a person with knowledge of the talks said. The Nationals, who train in Viera, Fla., had a preliminary conversation with county officials last week.

Giles Kibbe, general counsel for the Astros, said the team is open to a new complex with either the Blue Jays or Nationals.

Some Astros Articles From The Past Week At FanSided (House Of Houston / Climbing Tal’s Hill)


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