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Wanted back in Houston
The Astros "made it clear" that they want to work out a long-term deal with Springer, who can become an unrestricted free agent after 2020, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports, citing a source report from Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Feeling strong post-surgery
Verlander said Thursday that he's doing "very well" in his recovery from groin surgery and a right lat strain, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. "Particularly this week, I've made a big stride forward," Verlander noted, regarding his progression through a throwing program.
Dazzles in stateside debut
Torres went 12-0 with a 1.71 ERA and held opponents to a .175 batting average in 94.2 combined innings for Low-A Quad Cities and High-A Fayetteville in 2019, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. He struck out 107 batters while walking 46.
In bullpen mix
Not assured of roster spot
Sent to Triple-A
On schedule in recovery
Shipped to Triple-A
Optioned to Triple-A
Ushered to minors
Could see more field work in '20
Limited spring use
Ivey made one Grapefruit League appearance and struck out two in a scoreless inning.
Should be ready when season resumes
Heading into contract year
Springer batted .261 (6-for-23) with two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored over eight Grapefruit League games.
Secure in left field
Brantley hit .316 (6-for-19) with a home run, a double, three walks, four RBI and three runs scored over eight Grapefruit League games.
No set role for 2020
Mayfield hit .125 (3-for-24) with a double and six strikeouts over 13 Grapefruit League appearances.
Team HR leader
Straw led the Astros this spring with three home runs and tied for the team lead with five RBI. He went 9-for-21 with three walks and seven runs scored (.429/.500/.857) over 11 spring games.
Holds on to starting spot
Returns as utility man
Diaz batted .167 (4-for-24) with three extra-base hits, three RBI, three runs scored and was hit by two pitches over 11 spring games.
Favored for 26th man
Having good spring
Pruitt has allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three over nine spring innings.
Emerges as rotation candidate
Out six weeks after groin surgery
Projected for back end of 'pen