Myers to bullpen dominants day at Astros camp

The Astros made their first big news of Spring Training when it was announced early Tuesday by manager Brad Mills that starting pitcher Brett Myers was being moved into the closer role. Myers closed for the Phillies in 2007 and has been nothing short of a workhorse in his two years in Houston, pitching the fifth-most amount of innings in the NL in that span.

Here’s what else went on Monday:

  • Mills said catcher Jason Castro is progressing so well from his offseason foot surgery that he will have no limitations when the team begins Grapefruit League play Saturday against Washington. “We first thought he was going to be a week late and then a few days and now it looks like he won’t be late at all,” Mills said. “We’ll pick out what games we want him to maybe catch to start with. Right off the bat, I’m thinking three innings would be a good start for him. That would give him at least one at-bat.”
  •  Outfielder Jack Cust didn’t participate in base running sprints after tweaking his right knee Tuesday. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday. “He bent over for a ball and felt something in the back of his knee and the trainers didn’t want him to run on it,” Mills said. “I talked to him and he doesn’t think it’s that bad.

For a rundown of all the day’s news, including what Brandon Lyon thinks of Myers moving to the closer role, click here.

Here is the day in pictures:

Brian Bogusevic works on base running drills.

Matt Downs and Brad Mills speak during drills.

Bench coach Joe Pettini goes over base running.

Jonathan Villar.

Delino DeShields Jr.

George Springer.




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