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The Astros made their first roster cuts of the spring Sunday morning, reassigning second baseman Delino DeShields Jr., outfielder Jake Goebbert, outfielder Marc Krauss, center fielder George Springer and catcher Chris Wallace to Minor League camp and optioning left-hander Rudy Owens and right-hander Sam Demel to Minor League camp.
The cuts leave the Astros with 54 players in camp.
“The important thing for players like DeShields and Springer, who are a part of our future, was to come up here and make a good impression with a new staff and both of them absolutely did that,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “Goebbert has been a part of our Minor League system for a while and made a good impression, and Krauss had some big hits for us.
“The message to all those guys basically is you accomplished what your goal was this spring, you came up here and made a good impression on the staff. Krauss is a little bit closer. He’s a guy you could see having some time in Houston this year, and it’s nice when the staff has positive feelings about them so when we have a discussion, if there’s an opening later in the summer, they’ll be inclined to want him to come up.
“For all those guys, they did exactly what we wanted them to do.”
Minor League games begin on Thursday, and the Astros are expected to make another round of cuts later in the week, likely Wednesday. Players who were added to the 40-man roster for the first time this year can’t be cut from camp until Wednesday.
“It makes sense for them to go down there and get regular playing time rather than struggling to get at-bats up here,” Luhnow said. “As we get deeper and deeper into spring, the pitchers are going to be extended, but we want to see the position players be out there longer than two or three at-bats. It’s just a matter of allocating that resource of playing time.”
Luhnow said it hasn’t yet been determined at which level of the Minor Leagues the players cut on Sunday will begin the season. DeShields, the team’s first-round pick in 2010, was Houston’s Minor League Player of the Year after stealing a combined 101 bases last year. Springer, the team’s top Draft pick in 2011, put up big numbers at Class A Lancaster last year.
“Obviously, the more impressions they made here the better chance they have of starting at a higher level,” Luhnow said. “Realistically, given that Springer got a taste of Double-A last year and DeShields got a taste of high A, we don’t want to be too unrealistic about what the right level is for their development.”
Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. didn’t make the MLB.com Top 100 prospect list, but he’s certainly one of the up-and-coming performers in Houston’s Minor League system following a terrific 2012 season in which he stole 101 bases combined between Lexington and Lancaster. He’s ranked as No. 7 among second base prospects in baseball.
DeShields, who could begin the season in Double-A Corpus Christi, spoke to MLB.com earlier this week about the upcoming season.
Q: What did you do during the off-season?
A: “I’ve just been working out and trying to enjoy my friends and family as much as I can before I have to go back out for camp. But nothing really specific, just trying to get better.”
Q: How important is this year in your development coming off a big year?
A: “It’s going to be a challenge for me, but I’m ready for it. I prepared myself really well. I’m just excited for what the year has to come. I don’t really know what’s going to happen; you never know what’s going to happen in baseball. My main thing is just to stay healthy and see what happens.”
Q: Do you expect to be in Corpus Christi to start the year?
A: “I have no idea, but I hope so. I’m just going to go to Spring Training and play my butt off and they’re going to make the decision at the end of the day. Hopefully I make the team. If not, I’m not going to be upset. I’m going to keep working and get there.”
Q: Will it be hard to live up to the numbers to put up last year?
A: “It’s going to be tough, but I’m not going to say I’m going to steal 100 bases again this upcoming year. I’m going to try to. I’m going to try to give the people what they want. As long as we win games and that stuff, that’s all that really matters to me.”
Q: With all the trades the Astros have made recently to jettison veteran players, are you able to see yourself reaching the Majors soon?
A: “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Like I said, I just have to stay healthy and can’t risk getting hurt and stay positive about everything. I can’t let people get in my head and continue doing what I’ve been doing. Hopefully I’ll be there at the end of the day.”
Delino DeShields Jr., who was arrested early Sunday after being charged driving under the influence of alcohol, minor in possession of alcohol and a traffic violation, released a statement on his Facebook page on Monday:
“I take the responsibility of being a role model seriously and apologize to my fans and community, who continue to support my family and I during this unfortunate incident. I look forward to putting this matter behind me and sincerely appreciate the respect of privacy during this personal matter.”
DeShields Jr., 18, was arrested by the Athens-Clark County Police Department and booked at 1:06 a.m. ET, according to jail computer records obtained by MLB.com. He was released after posting a $2,500 bond for the three offenses — $500 for underage possession and the traffic violation and $1,500 for the DUI, all of which are misdemeanors.
The Astros selected DeShields Jr. with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 Draft and signed him to a $2.15 million bonus.
Bobby Heck, the Astros assistant general manager/director of scouting, said the club is still trying to sign four additional draft picks ahead of today’s 11:01 p.m. CT deadline to sign draft picks. One of the players the club is still hoping to sign is third-round pick Austin Wates, an outfielder from Virginia Tech who has one year of eligibility left.
“We’re still working on them and seeing how they play out,” Heck said. “There are deals out there the guys could say ‘yes’ to.”
The Astros have already reached deals with their three first-round/compensation picks – second baseman Delino DeShields Jr., pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and third baseman Mike Kvasnicka and second-round pick Vincent Velasquez.
DeShields, who signed last week to a $2.15 million bonus, has played three games to rookie-league Greeneville and is hitting .143. He’s playing center field, but will make the move to second base in the instructional league this fall.
Kvasnicka is hitting .237 with four homers and 30 RBIs at Tri-City, and Foltynewicz is 0-3 with a 5.52 ERA in nine starts at Greeneville. Velasquez is 2-2 wiht a 3.16 ERA in seven games, including five starts.
Astros pitcher Brian Moehler said Thursday he torn the tendon off the bone in his left groin area during Wednesday’s simulated game in St. Louis and is seeking more input from doctors about what course of action he should take.
Moehler flew to Houston from St. Louis on Wednesday night and was examined Thursday morning by team medical director Dr. David Lintner. Moehler will have to choose between having the groin repaired surgically or trying non-surgical procedures.
“Dr. Lintner said you see more of this in football players and hockey goalies than you do baseball players, and he said a lot of studies are showing now that they’ve had success without surgery,” Moehler said. “We’re going to talk to a couple of other doctors who specialize in that area, and Dr. Lintner wants to know as well and see what they have to say.”
Moehler said Lintner was surprised with how well Moehler was moving around Thursday. He even threw a baseball off flat ground without pain. He plans to work out Friday at Minute Maid Park and rejoin the team when it returns to Houston on Monday.
“I’m not in any pain,” he said. “I’m walking around fine, and that’s very surprising. I thought I’d be in discomfort.”
Moehler admitted there’s a chance he might not pitch again this year.
“My head’s spinning because I don’t know which way to go,” he said. “If I do rehab and it doesn’t’ work, then I’ve wasted six weeks or however long it would take me to get back on the mound. I just need to talk to as many people as people and see what the other doctors have to say.”
The 38-year-old Moehler, who has been on the disabled list since July 8 with a right groin strain, is 1-4 with a 4.92 ERA in 20 games, including eight starts.
Also, right-hander Felipe Paulino is scheduled for a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder and will visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Aug. 12.
Major League Baseball made official what was reported Wednesday by announcing Astros’ Minor League players Marcos Cabral, a shortstop, Jonathon Fixler, a catcher, and Danny Meszaros, a pitcher, were suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
All three tested positive for Methylhexaneamine and began serving their suspension immediately. On Wednesday, MLB announced pitcher Richard Rodriguez of the Astros’ Dominican Summer League team had been suspended for 50 games for using a performance-enhancing drug.
Astros general manager Ed Wade released a statement about the suspension that was understandably strong:
“The Houston Astros fully support the efforts of the Commissioner’s Office to rid our sport of any type of inappropriate drug use. Our players and staff have been briefed, counseled, educated and warned about what the ramifications and consequences are when they choose, either knowingly or not, to violate the MLB drug policy. And yet, despite the best efforts of MLB and the Astros, we still have individuals who abuse our game by ignoring reality. We are embarrassed by these types of suspensions. They are a smear on our game and our organization, and we will redouble our efforts to make sure the message gets through.”
Astros general manager Ed Wade, in Corpus Christi to watch the Hooks play on Thursday night, said shortstop Tommy Manzella reported to Corpus Christi to being his rehab. He’s been out six weeks with a fractured left index finger.
The plan is for Manzella to get two at-bats in two games and then increase to three at-bats in two games before playing in a full game. He will then continue his rehab at Triple-A Round Rock. The longest the rehab could last is 20 days, but Manzella hopes it won’t be that long.
The Astros made official the signing of first-round pick Delino DeShields Jr. during a news conference Thursday at Minute Maid Park. DeShields inked for a signing bonus of $2.15 million, which is around the suggested slot recommendation.
For a complete story on DeShields, as well as pictures and video of the news conference, click here.
Here are a couple of other stories Astros fans should read that posted today at Astros.com:
- The Astros are surging behind youth in the second half.
- Round Rock OF J.B. Shuck is hustling through the Minor Leagues.
Astros general manager Ed Wade said Monday he was disappointed first-round pick Delino DeShields Jr., an athletic outfielder drafted out of high school in College Park, Ga., wasn’t yet signed. The Astros drafted DeShields No. 8 overall in the June 7 First-Year Player Draft, and have until Aug. 16 to reach a deal.
DeShields Jr., who has signed a baseball scholarship to play at LSU, was the first of three first-round picks by the Astros. The other two — high school power pitcher Mike Foltynewicz at No. 19 and University of Minnesota third baseman Mike Kvasnicka at No. 33 — signed shortly after being picked.
“There’s so few guys signed [in the first round], but at the same time, I would be less than candid if I didn’t say I was disappointed that he’s not signed,” Wade said. “We take a lot of pride in the work the guys have done from a player development standpoint, and we understand how these at-bats can enhance a guy’s chances and movement.
“The only thing we have to do is point at the guy who crouches behind the plate at the Major League level, Jason Castro. He was signed in July of 2008 and is now in the big leagues. If Jason had waited until the very last moment to sign and didn’t have the benefit of those at-bats in July and August of 2008, it would be rather unlikely he would be catching at the big league level at this point.”
Wade said talks are ongoing and remains hopeful to strike a deal.
“I think everybody involved, both Delino and his family and the Astros, would love to get him into our system playing as quickly as possible, so we’re looking at a full-season opportunity next year versus extended Spring Training,” Wade said. “This is part of the process. There are very few first-round picks signed at this point, and it’s sort of a way of our world. We just hope they don’t get to a point upon reflection [and then say], ‘We should have done this a lot sooner.’ I think it’s best he gets out and gets playing.”