WOOP, there it is! Houston Astros baseball has finally arrived. Sure, it’s just Spring Training, but baseball is baseball and it’s FINALLY back! Today will mark the end of the “Houston Astros News And Notes” series which we had every Friday since the end of the season. Make sure you stick around for the whole baseball season as we plan on bringing you top-of-the-line news, stories, coverage, and opinions about our favorite baseball team.
Let’s talk about the actual Astros now. They will face the Atlanta Braves tonight at 5:05 PM CT. The lineup…
#Astros lineup Friday vs. Braves CF Fowler 2B Altuve RF Krauss DH Carter 1B Wallace 3B Dominguez C Corporan LF Grossman SS Villar
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 28, 2014
- Adron Chambers is still limited
- Jorge De Leon (right quadriceps strain) is close to returning
- Asher Wojciechowski is back in Houston for more tests (right lat strain)
- Raul Valdes (left knee surgery) is throwing bullpen sessions
- Japhet Amador should be back today
“It’s been a roller-coaster ride,” said Weiland, who went a year without throwing a baseball because of a mystery infection in that debilitated his right shoulder.
Weiland battled the infection for nearly all of the 2012 season and underwent two surgeries in the process and took all kinds of antibiotics. Finally, a third surgery in August 2012 found the root of the infection, nestled in the biceps tendon.
Once they finally found an answer, it was time for Weiland to rehab and he has been rehabbing ever since. Earlier this offseason, members of the Astros front office saw Weiland throw and seemed impressed.
“He was throwing about 80 percent and the ball was coming out pretty good,” Luhnow said. “He had decent arm action and looked good. We were very encouraged. He’s very optimistic, and if he continues to progress, there’s a chance we will see him in big league Spring Training before Spring Training is over and we’ll see from there. I fully expect at this point, based on what we saw [at Minute Maid Park], Weiland will be pitching for the Astros in 2014, maybe starting in Triple-A to get his feet wet because he’s missed so much time.”
Weiland is now just another pitcher you can add to the long list of potential starting pitchers for the 2014 Houston Astros.
Well Astros fans, the time has come. Enjoy!
Some Astros Articles From The Past Week At FanSided (House Of Houston / Climbing Tal’s Hill)
- Wojo Headed To Houston (CTH)
- A Farewell To Oswalt (HoH)
- Will Martinez Make An Impact (CTH)
- Astros Purchase 2 NC State Season Tickets (HoH)
- Opening Day Staff (CTH)
- What To Expect From Albers (CTH)
- Top Three Astros Shortstop Prospects (HoH)
- The Defense Needs Help (CTH)
- Astros Embarrass Themselves (HoH)
- Foltynewicz Cuts His Locks (CTH)
- Spring Training Updates (HoH)
- Baseball Is Close (CTH)
- CTH Podcast
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