Houston Chronicle "Having George Springer, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve as the first three hitters in the Astros lineup might have made for the best leading trio anywhere, no matter the specific ordering. In a 10-inning, 12-8 win over the Red Sox on Friday, the Astros played their first game of many to come..." July 04
CNN "Federal investigators have recommended charges be brought against at least one St. Louis Cardinals employee implicated in the probe of an alleged computer intrusion of databases belonging to the Houston Astros, officials briefed on the investigation said Friday. But it was not immediately clear..." July 04
ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03
Following tonight’s game, RHP Michael Feliz was optioned to AA Corpus Christi.
In a corresponding move, RHP Brad Peacock has been transferred to the 60-day DL.
Astros place Springer on DL (rt wrist fracture). Presley selected from Triple A Fresno. Peacock transferred to 60-day DL.
Houston Chronicle "The Astros signed international free agent center fielder Gilberto Celestino, 16, of the Dominican Republic, the team announced. Celestino (6-1, 172) has competed in the 2015 MLB International Prospect Series, the 2014 MLB Dominican Republic National Showcase and the 15U Panamerican Games." July 02
Houston Chronicle "For the first time since George Springer introduced the fog machine, light show and techno music while christening Club Astro in May, there was a solemn atmosphere inside the Astros’ clubhouse after a victory Wednesday night. Under different circumstances, the young Astros would have been..." July 02
Houston Chronicle "Center fielder George Springer exited Wednesday night with a right wrist contusion one inning after he was hit in the right wrist by a pitch. Now the Astros might have to start the season’s second half without one of their most dynamic players. “I’m not optimistic he’s going to miss the DL,”..." July 02
Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel’s ability to pitch, field his position and grow facial hair may only be exceeded by his penchant for sarcasm. The Astros lefty ace didn’t get a chance to throw the ninth inning Tuesday night, when he might have been able to complete his second straight shutout in a 4-0 Astros win..." July 01
Houston Chronicle "Outfielder Colby Rasmus’ infection in his left wrist following a bug bite had him hospitalized overnight into Tuesday, manager A.J. Hinch said. Hinch said Rasmus’ condition didn’t worsen, but Hinch was less firm about Rasmus making the Astros’ upcoming road trip. The team departs Houston for..." July 01
New York Daily News "Alleged con man Phil Kenner has already accused a golf resort developer of stealing millions from NHL players and then conspiring with former FBI director Louis Freeh to pin the blame on Kenner. But wait, there’s more! The one-time financial adviser also indicated last week that he told the..." July 01
Houston Chronicle "Jose Altuve’s towering home run to left field was the lasting vignette of Monday’s 6-1 win over the Royals, with Altuve rounding the bases and passing in front of the Royals’ own second baseman, Omar Infante, as the Astros cruised to begin a three-game series. Everyone already knows Altuve —..." June 30
MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30
Jed Lowrie (right thumb surgery) has progressed from swinging a Wiffle Ball bat to a fungo.
Houston Chronicle "Astros manager A.J. Hinch has been struggling each day to come up with a new set of complimentary adjectives for rookie shortstop Carlos Correa, who didn’t make things any easier for Hinch with Sunday’s two doubles and two runs scored. On top of that, Hinch also had to stretch to find phrases..." June 29
Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29
Following today’s game, the #Astros have optioned Brett Oberholtzer to AAA Fresno. Corresponding move tomorrow.
ESPN New York "Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer was ejected in the second inning Saturday for throwing at Alex Rodriguez in apparent retaliation for the Yankees scoring six runs, including two long home runs. Oberholtzer, who had trouble with the strike zone during his short outing, missed Rodriguez with the..." June 28
Rasmus was scratched with a skin infection.
New York Post "A day earlier, sitting in the visitor’s clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, Joe Girardi had rocked back in forth in his chair, hands thrumming his desk, talking about the basics of a batting order, even on a night when the opposing pitcher is throwing golf balls. “When you’re us, you’ve got to keep..." June 27
L.A. Daily News "Taylor Featherston was surrounded by reporters about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. It was something new to him. As was his first game-winning hit in the major leagues. Featherston took a pitch delivered by Chad Qualls and sent a soft line drive into right field, knocking in Erick Aybar with two outs in..." June 25
Hardball Talk "Things haven’t gone according to plan for Mark Appel since the Astros made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft. Coming out of Stanford he was supposed to have top-of-the-rotation potential and be close to MLB-ready, but instead his prospect stock has dipped dramatically and they’re just..." June 25
6/24 @Astros lineup vs LAA Altuve 2B Correa SS Tucker LF Gattis DH Rasmus CF Carter 1B Valbuena 3B Santana RF Castro C McCullers P
SS Alex Bregman, Astros 1st-round pick (#2 overall) on getting contract agreement: "I was so excited.I can't wait to get wherever I'm going"
Jake Marisnick said he was set to take swings off a tee today for the first time since injuring the hamstring.
MLB.com "Playing T-ball at 5 years old, Alex Bregman turned an unassisted triple play. "We thought, 'That was weird,'" his mother, Jackie, said. "'This kid knows the game.'" Having been selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Bregman landed at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport on..." June 24
L.A. Daily News "The first-place Houston Astros as recently as 2013 went 51-111. They were 70-92 in 2014. When they got off to a quick start this season, the baseball world was probably waiting for them to crumble. It hasn’t happened. “On the offensive side they really have driven the ball well, hitting a..." June 23
Deduno to see another specialist to determine extent of injury.
Houston Chronicle "The plight of the reliever has long been to stay out of the newspaper when he does well only to be splashed on the proverbial back page when he gives up the lead. So when not one, not two, not three relievers are excellent, but five — on Sunday, it was Tony Sipp, Will Harris, Joe Thatcher, Pat..." June 22
Houston Chronicle "He keeps saying he feels great, yet he keeps staying out of the lineup, and probably will stay out until the Astros’ three-game series with the Angels in Anaheim, at the earliest. Jose Altuve ratcheted up the intensity while testing out his sore right hamstring Saturday afternoon in the..." June 21
Seattle Times "It’s highly doubtful that having Edgar Martinez as their new hitting coach for less than five hours or his mere presence and aura in the dugout was the difference for the Mariners in their 6-3 win over the Astros. It doesn’t work that way in baseball. “He had a good first night,” joked..." June 21
Altuve still out of lineup
Altuve says he feels great but it's not his call. Will better be able to give a percentage of how he feels after he takes BP today
Seattle Times "Seattle starter Roenis Elias pitches with swagger, a weaponized flair. Mariners hat pulled low over his eyes, the 26-year-old from Guantánamo, Cuba, uses his trailing leg as a celebratory flourish after strikeouts, spits out of the side of his mouth. When he’s struggling, Elias’ confidence can..." June 20
Houston Chronicle "George Springer was the new pearl in the Astros’ world a year ago and now it’s Carlos Correa. They’re the tools-oozing kids soaring around the bases, fresh in the majors and making the absence of injured batting champion Jose Altuve less glaring atop the lineup. At the very top of the order is..." June 19
Houston Chronicle "Thursday’s tacit admission by the Cardinals owner that someone in his organization was involved in hacking the Astros was only an early step in bringing to light a saga that is expected to prove more shocking once the FBI has completed its investigation and all the details are released. The..." June 19
ESPN "Speculation continues about the true motive of the St. Louis Cardinals employees being investigated for allegedly hacking into the Houston Astros' database. But there are numerous practical reasons that secretly accessing such a treasure of information would be desirable to a rival big league..." June 19
Sporting News "Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. says his team's alleged hack of the Astros' analytics database last year is a case of "roguish behavior" by, well, someone. DeWitt added that he's in the dark about a possible motive. “I still don’t know the reason for it,” DeWitt said, per The Associated..." June 19
MLB.com "Astros shortstop Carlos Correa showed more than just a glimpse of why he's considered one of the game's top prospects in Thursday afternoon's 8-4 win over the Rockies, becoming the second-youngest player (behind only Rickey Henderson) in the last 100 seasons to steal three bases in a..." June 18
Marisnick said he felt it over striding. Day to day
Hinch said Colby Rasmus will join the team Friday or Saturday in Seattle. He's on bereavement leave following death of grandmother.
Houston Chronicle "The Astros don’t appear too preoccupied with federal investigations and chances a rival broke into the team’s online database. They save their best hacks for the field, and there’s no cozier place for the best home-run hitting team in the majors to swing away then here. Carlos Correa, Preston..." June 18
ESPN "Jeff Luhnow, amid an FBI hacking investigation, has denied that he continued to use the same passwords after he left the St. Louis Cardinals to become the general manager of the Houston Astros after the 2011 season. "That's absolutely false," Luhnow told SI.com on Wednesday. "I absolutely know..." June 18
Houston Chronicle "The Astros announced Wednesdsay the signings of eight players selected in this year’sdraft. The signees include include outfielder Nestor Muriel, right-handed pitcher Kevin McCanna, center fielder Johnny Sewald, right-handed pitcher Makay Nelson, left-handed pitcher Alex Winkelman, right-handed..." June 17
Houston Chronicle "While most of the baseball world was captivated by the news that the FBI was investigating some Cardinals employees for allegedly hacking into the Astros’ computer database, Luis Valbuena captivated the folks at Minute Maid Park with a pair of powerful home run hacks of his own. One inning..." June 17
Right hamstring discomfort for Jose Altuve.