Armstrong in Houston for physical

Astros third-round draft pick Jack Armstrong, a right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt University, was in Houston on Thursday afternoon to undergo a physical. Armstrong’s summer team was eliminated from the Cape Cod League playoffs on Wednesday.

Bobby Heck, the Astros assistant general manager/director of player scouting, said he expects negotiations between Armstrong and the club to begin once the results of the physical are known. Armstrong is being advised by his father, former Major League pitcher Jack Armstrong Sr.

“Once we have the results back from the physical, which we think will be fine, we’ll start exchanging numbers at that point time, which has been the dad’s desire all along – to start negotiations when Jack’s done playing,” Heck said.

The physical is key because Armstrong had slight back and groin issues during his junior season at Vanderbilt. More recently, he felt some elbow tenderness pitching in the Cape a few weeks ago, but it’s not expected to be a concern. Armstrong would have started a game tonight for Yarmouth-Dennis had it not been eliminated.

“I saw him throw after that setback and the arm looked plenty healthy to me,” Heck said.

Heck expects negotiations with first-round pick George Springer, an outfielder from the University of Connecticut, to pick up this weekend. Heck has been engaged with Greg Genske, Springer’s advisor, the last two days and expects the negotiations to continue until Monday’s 11 p.m. CT deadline.

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