Houston Chronicle "The Astros released Brett Wallace on Wednesday morning, ending his hopes of making the club’s opening day roster as a non-roster invitee. “He’s been a big part of this organization for the past few years,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said of Wallace. “But we didn’t see a role for him at..." March 12
MLB.com "This spring marks a fresh start for Jack Armstrong Jr., who was a hard-throwing pitcher drafted in the third round (No. 99 overall) by the Astros in 2011 following a solid career at Vanderbilt University and signed with the club for $750,000. Injuries to his elbow and later his shoulder kept..." March 08
Houston Chronicle "Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler was scratched from Wednesday’s game against the Tigers because of neck stiffness. The team said it was a precautionary measure. “I’m fine, I’m fine,” Fowler said. “I slept on it wrong. You ever gone to sleep and you forgot you went to sleep? Or you didn’t..." March 06
Last word from Rick Ankiel was that he was waiting to see if right situation came along, but Cards broadcast says he has retired.
Hardball Talk "Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press has a really interesting read on Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton, who served a 50-game suspension at the start of last season after a second positive test for marijuana use. Singleton, who had a month-long stay at an in-patient rehab center, was brutally..." March 04
MLB.com "Having just been called up by the Astros and set to make his Major League debut, catcher Jason Castro glanced at the lineup card for a game against the Giants on June 22, 2010, at Minute Maid Park and saw his name alongside Michael Bourn, Lance Berkman, Carlos Lee, Hunter Pence and Roy..." March 01
Houston Chronicle "Righthander Asher Wojciechowski has returned to Houston for a platelet-rich-plasma injection as he continues recovery from a strained right lat muscle. “I’m here just to get a PRP injection in my lat to help the healing process,” Wojciechowski said. “It’s supposed to help with the recovery..." February 27
Houston Chronicle "Righthander Asher Wojciechowski needs more tests after going Monday for an MRI on his strained right lat, Astros manager Bo Porter said Wednesday morning. Porter was not sure the extent of the tests or where they would take place. “I haven’t talked to (trainer Nate Lucero) this morning, but..." February 26
Raul Valdes threw 25 pitches. Felt good. Roughly two weeks before game action, he said
USA Today "Major League Baseball implemented an experimental, controversial rule Monday to protect catchers, prohibiting baserunners from initiating deliberate collisions at home plate in hopes of preventing concussions and injuries. Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association,..." February 25
MLB.com "Three-time World Series champion manager Tony La Russa, who's going into the Hall of Fame this year, spent a decade battling the Astros led by Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio as manager of the Cardinals in the National League Central. La Russa has an immense amount of respect for the Killer B's,..." February 23
MLB.com "The goal for Astros pitcher Scott Feldman was to simply not hit anybody. Feldman and a handful of other pitchers faced live hitters for the first time Friday, throwing for about 15 minutes on the back fields against teammates. "You're just getting reacquainted with the mound and seeing hitters..." February 22
Houston Chronicle "Astros first base prospect Japhet Amador did not report to Astros camp so that he can tend to his pregnant wife who has fallen ill, his agent, Oscar Suarez, told the Chronicle on Friday. “I don’t know what it is exactly, but he’s worried that he could lose her,” Suarez said. “She’s having a lot..." February 22
Mark Appel could throw a bullpen as soon as Thursday. That’s not a guarantee and it’s not a big deal if he doesn’t, but he seems near ready
MLB.com "Nothing like an early morning shot of The Rocket to get your day going. Just ask Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer, who joined his fellow pitchers and the team's catchers in getting to hear from seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens when he made his first appearance at Astros camp on..." February 19
Houston Chronicle "Astros first baseman Japhet Amador’s future with the Astros is in doubt. The team is proceeding as though he will not report to spring training, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. He remains in Mexico dealing with a family emergency. “We don’t know what the next steps are for him, but for now he..." February 19
Houston Chronicle "Astros reliever Jesse Crain suffered a right calf strain when he was doing exercises in the gym and will go for an MRI on Wednesday, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday morning. “He came in feeling better this morning but sore, so we’re going to modify his throwing program in light of..." February 19
Houston Chronicle "Peter Moylan is 35 years old. Before this year, the Astros righthander and Australia native had never fully experienced winter. He didn’t cherish it. A one-time pharmaceutical sales rep, Moylan spent 2006-12 with the Braves, and he still has a home in Atlanta. He began the offseason in..." February 15
Fansided "On a pitching staff filled with lots of potential, the one big free agent signing is the only one guaranteed a job. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart spoke with General Manager Jeff Luhnow about how the rotation was going to stack up, and his answer didn’t exactly clear anything up. The Astros have..." February 15
Houston Chronicle "The six save opportunities righthander Josh Fields pitched in last year were more than any Astros pitcher besides Jose Veras. No longer a kid at age 28, Fields is not a hard-thrower who only came into closing recently because of, say, an aborted attempt at starting. He was dominant as the..." February 15
Houston Chronicle "The last time Astros righthander Alex White pitched in a game — an exhibition against the Chicago Cubs on March 29, 2013 — he thought he would get through the elbow pain. A lot of pitchers are that way. They might feel some discomfort during a game, but they know their bodies best. For White,..." February 14
MLB.com "Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop who spent 53 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and scout, passed away early Friday morning, six days after suffering multiple strokes during an MLB alumni cruise. "He passed away at 2:36 a.m. [ET]," according to Jim Fregosi Jr., the..." February 14
ESPN New York "Major League Baseball owners, despite earning more than $8 billion in revenue in 2013, voted in January to allow individual teams to slash or eliminate pension-plan offerings to their non-uniformed personnel. The vote, tabled a year earlier when the intention became public, quietly took place..." February 14
Houston Chronicle "Astros catching prospect Max Stassi has had a tough time with injuries in his career, the last of them a fastball that caught him in the face in August for what still stands as the only RBI he’s collected as a big leaguer. That type of injury, of course, isn’t exactly one that a few extra..." February 13
The #Astros will honor Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt on Sat., April 5. Both players will sign 1-day contracts that day and retire as Astros.
Hardball Talk "The New York Daily News reports that, now that A-Rod has dropped his appeal and is accepting his suspension, Major League Baseball is going to drop the lawsuit it filed last March against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, Juan Carlos Nunez and multiple other defendants. Which, of course, just..." February 12
Fox Sports "You may have noticed that spring training is about to begin, yet baseball still has not banned home-plate collisions. Both the players and owners want to enact such a rule to protect catchers, but the issue -- somewhat like expanded replay -- is more complicated than it appears. As Hall of..." February 12
CBSSports.com "Nolan Ryan is rejoining the Astros front office. The team announced they have named Ryan an assistant to owner Jim Crane, GM Jeff Luhnow and president of business operations Reid Ryan. Reid is Nolan's oldest son. “We're extremely pleased to have Nolan as part of our organization,” said Crane in..." February 11
Fox Sports "Pete Rose, who remains banned from Major League Baseball for betting on games during his years as a player and as a manager, said Monday that his transgression isn’t quite as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs. “They’re both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn’t do anything to alter..." February 11
All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt has decided to retire, and plans to work with his agent, Bob Garber. 163 wins, 102 losses.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have designated Brett Wallace for assignment to make roster space for newly signed pitcher Jerome Williams, the club announced via press release. Once the game's 27th overall prospect, Wallace never found sustained success in Houston. Playing the corner infield (mostly first base)..." February 06
Hardball Talk "It was reported Monday that the Astros had agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Jerome Williams and now the deal has been made official. Via Chris Cotillo at MLB Daily Dish. Williams will be a frontrunner for a rotation spot this spring in Astros camp. He was non-tendered by the..." February 06
SI.com "Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to play baseball, saying to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that the attempt is “not a gimmick.” McGrady retired from the NBA in August and it has been reported that he can throw a 90 MPH fastball. The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic..." February 05
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The dirt road that Texas Rangers scouts and officials navigated to reach the home of coveted prospect Jairo Beras has been altered by progress the past few years. An overpass, part of the major road improvements designed to make a tourist’s two-hour commute from Las Americas International..." February 05
Jesse Crain says his throwing yesterday for 1st time since operation went well as planned. Still a few weeks before he goes off a mound.
MLB.com "The Astros added another veteran arm to their rotation by agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Jerome Williams. The deal is pending a physical exam, which Williams says will be performed Wednesday in Houston. "Once that goes, it's time to go out there and get on the grind and try..." February 04
Source: #Astros agree to deal with Jerome Williams, pending physical.
Houston Chronicle "Astros righthanded reliever Jesse Crain said Saturday it’s unlikely he will be ready for the start of the season. Crain, a former pitcher at the University of Houston, will throw Monday for the first time since undergoing right biceps surgery in October. “That would be a huge bonus if I was..." February 02
#Astros pitcher Mark Appel is recovering well after undergoing an appendectomy on Thursday in Houston
Astros RP Jesse Crain is expected to throw for the first time on Monday as he returns from surgery.
Astros LHP pitcher Raul Valdes underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this week in Houston. He's out 4-6 weeks.
MLB.com "There's nothing Carlos Correa does publicly that would lead you to believe he's 19 years old. He stands a solid 6-foot-4 with broad shoulders that are reminiscent of a young Alex Rodriguez. He makes eye contact, has an easygoing demeanor and speaks eloquently in English, though it's not his native..." January 30
ESPN.com "Lance Berkman officially announced his retirement Wednesday after a 15-year career. The 37-year-old slugger indicated that he's just not healthy enough to play anymore after two knee surgeries in 2012 and various other injuries that limited his effectiveness the past two seasons. "It doesn't..." January 30
Houston Chronicle "Nolan Ryan had a productive visit with Astros owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Tuesday, leaving Minute Maid Park with a commitment to decide before spring training whether to rejoin the club. Ryan’s potential duties with the Astros aren’t completely set, but it’s clear the..." January 29
MLB.com "With seven of the top 100 Minor League prospects in MLB.com's rankings, the Astros have compiled the best farm system in baseball, according to rankings released Tuesday by ESPN.com's Keith Law. The Astros have stockpiled talent by trading away veterans for multiple prospects and securing the..." January 28
Fansided "Yes, I know. The Houston Astros have already improved their bullpen a tremendous amount from last season. Trust me, I absolutely love it, but I don’t want them to be finished quite yet. When the Astros entered the offseason, they knew that fixing the bullpen was high on their priorities list...." January 28
CSN Houston "New Astros reliever Jesse Crain is about 10 days away from throwing. Crain, who signed with the Astros on a one-year deal, had offseason surgery on his biceps but on Saturday said the recovery process is going well. "We have a plan and a certain schedule for that and so far all the rehab..." January 27
Hardball Talk "Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports that there’s mutual interest between Nolan Ryan and the Houston Astros in having Ryan return to the Astros in some executive capacity or another. What that role would be is unclear, and the sides have not even discussed the matter yet. But Berman quotes..." January 22
Astros owner Jim Crane confirms team's interest in Tanaka.
#Astros RHP Jesse Crain said no timetable set for when he'll be ready. Coming off shoulder injury. Will start throwing in a couple weeks.