Humber breezes through simulated game

Astros pitcher Philip Humber, who appears to be a near lock to grab a spot in the starting rotation to begin the year, threw a simulated game at the team’s Minor League complex on Monday morning. He threw 73 pitches over four innings with manager Bo Porter, pitching coach Doug Brocail and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez watching.

“The ball was coming out of my hand good today and my breaking ball was better than it has been,” Humber said. “I felt good about that. It was a good day of work.

“I feel like I’m where I need to be. I can’t ask for things to have gone any better. I feel healthy and I’m excited about the season.”

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