Astros ready to break camp in Kissimmee

Philip Humber arrives at clubhouse

Philip Humber arrives at clubhouse

The players filed into the Major League clubhouse at Osceola County Stadium on Thursday morning like they’ve done so many times the past seven weeks, this time wearing slacks and sports coats and pulling large suitcases stuffed with clothes. The last day of Spring Training has been circled on the calendar for quite a while, especially for those players who have been in Kissimmee for nearly two months.

The Astros have split-squad games Thursday against the Tigers in Kissimmee and Braves in Lake Buena Vista, but they will be one team when they board the team charter this evening and fly to Houston. Several of the Astros’ top Minor League players are heading to Texas with the Major League club to play in this weekend’s games against the Cubs, including Carlos Correa, Jonathan Singleton, George Springer and Delino DeSheids Jr.

No one is more excited to get home than veterans like Wesley Wright, who are eager to put on the Astros’ new uniforms and play before the home crowd. The Astros will play the Cubs at 7:05 p.m. CT on Friday night at Minute Maid Park and 1:05 p.m. Saturday before opening the season against the Rangers on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Bud Norris will make his first Opening Day start against the Astros, facing Texas lefty Matt Harrrison

“I’m actually pretty anxious myself,” Wright said. “It’s been a little bit of a long Spring Training and I know everybody else is ready to get out of here and play some games that actually count towards the overall goal. We’ve had a good spring so far and that’s a good starting point. There’s a bigger picture out there we have to take care of and we’re excited to get started.”

Designated hitter Carlos Pena, who signed with the Astros in the offseason, is eager to get to Houston.

“We value the time we have here to get ready for the season, but I think everyone is looking forward to getting it going,” he said. “It’s part of the whole process, you know? It’s about time for us to move over to Minute Maid and play a couple of games and get ready for the season. I don’t think anyone is eager to rush it, but at the same time we’re glad we’re moving to the next step.”

Astros lineup vs. Tigers in Kissimmee:

2B Jose Altuve

CF Rick Ankiel

DH Carlos Pena

LF Chris Carter

1B Jonathan Singleton

RF Fernando Martinez

C Jason Castro

3B Matt Dominguez

SS Ronny Cedeno

RHP Philip Humber

Astros lineup vs. Braves in Lake Buena Vista:

RF Brandon Barnes

1B Brett Wallace

CF Justin Maxwell

3B Brandon Laird

C Carlos Corporan

LF Trevor Crowe

SS Marwin Gonzalez

2B Jose Martinez

DH Preston Tucker

RHP Lucas Harrell

1 Comment

Hurry up Sunday!!! Spring was fun, but I’m so ready for the season to start!! Go Astros!!

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