Some Astros notes…
Porter, Strom visit with Castro
Astros manager Bo Porter and pitching coach Brent Strom returned Monday night from California, where they had spent a day with catcher Jason Castro.
“We were trying to get a head start on Spring Training and really get a sense of his thoughts about the pitching staff and kind of give him some guidelines and some things to think about now and then so we get ahead and not wait until we get in Spring Training to address a lot of things we want to address,” Porter said.
Porter said Castro, who missed the final three weeks of the last season after having a cyst removed from his knee, looked great.
“His workouts are going great and he has no limitations,” he said. “My main goal in mind is making sure he gets through camp healthy and he’s ready to go on Opening Day.”
Moylan adds depth to Astros bullpen
In case you missed it, veteran right-hander Peter Moylan has been added to the Astros bullpen mix.
Moylan, an Aussie who spent last year with the Dodgers after several good seasons with the Braves, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation for Spring Training. He joins Chad Qualls, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain, Anthony Bass and Raul Valdes as newcomers to the bullpen this year.
Moylan, 27, is 21-9 with a 2.80 ERA in 309 career games with the Braves (2006-12) and Dodgers, but he’s battled injury problems in recent years. He appeared in 80 games for the Braves in 2007 with a 1.80 ERA and 87 games in 2008 (2.84) and 85 games in 2009 (2.97).
“We’re going to have not only an experienced bullpen in Houston, but we’re going to have some guys in Oklahoma City that have some big league service time that are ready to step up if we have any opportunities,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “We definitely added depth, not only at the big league level but at Triple-A.”