After potentially missing much of Spring Training due to being in Mexico with his sick wife, it appears as if Japhet Amador may be able to return as soon as today or tomorrow. Amador’s agent said that his wife is improving, though the situation isn’t figured out quite yet. It goes without saying that being with family is important, but if Amador can make it back to the Astros sooner rather than later, he may be able to have a fair competition for the Opening Day first base job. Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on Jorge De Leon adding a new pitch.
De Leon still probably could use some seasoning: he only has 12 appearances at Class AAA, plus his 11 in the majors. But he’s been working on something since last year that he hopes can eventually help him stick around: a splitter.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) on yesterday’s news and notes.
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on a twist to the Japhet Amador story.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— SB Nation (@sbnation) February 26, 2014
- Marc J. Spears (Yahoo Sports) on a Rockets run for the title.
While Rockets fans definitely listened, Howard’s words proclaiming that he was joining a championship-caliber team primarily went on deaf ears when he bolted to Houston from the Los Angeles Lakers last offseason. Keep in mind that the Harden-led Rockets were 45-37 last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Even with Howard, a title would be a major jump the next season in the tough and deep Western Conference.
- David Barron (Houston Chronicle) says the Rockets won their money from CSN Houston.
- Jake Lapin (Bleacher Report) with five moves the Rockets must make between now and next season.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Rockets lost both games on this road trip against good teams on the second half of a b2b. Guess what? No b2bs in the playoffs.
— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) February 27, 2014
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) on a potential J.J. Watt extension.
Making a decision on Watt will conflict with the pre-draft process which lasts from now until May. But it doesn’t have to conflict with both pre-draft preparations and free agency madness. Two at a time is plenty.
If the Texans don’t pick up Watt’s option, they could sign him to an extension this offseason (good idea) or let him hit free agency (very bad idea).
- Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) on the Texans new tight end.
- Deepi Sidhu (HoustonTexans.com) on A.J. McCarron.
- Texans tweet of the day…
— Mike K (@Zepp1978) February 26, 2014