Sep 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) runs to second base on a double during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros News And Notes: Spring Training Baseball Is Officially Here!

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…

Injury Updates

It also appears that Kyle Weiland has finally reappeared to mankind. Brian McTaggart ( has the details.

“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!


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