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Buck optimistic about hamstring injury

Travis Buck’s string of consecutive starts likely came to an end at three Wednesday after he left a game against the Nationals in the fourth inning with a mild left hamstring strain. He’s listed as day to day.

Buck, starting in left field in place of J.D. Martinez, injured the hamstring while hitting an RBI grounder to first base in the fourth inning. He went to the outfield to play defense between innings, but came back to the dugout when he decided he couldn’t go.

“It’s pretty cold tonight and I felt loose during the whole game,” he said. “It just happened right when I swung before I even got out of the box. I just felt it tighten and put an awkward swing and just tried to run it out. Fortunately enough we scored a run out of it.”

Buck said the hamstring is the same one that’s given him problems throughout his career. He said he strained it pretty seriously last year and only missed six days, and that this strain isn’t anywhere as bad as the one he had last season.

“It’s just the nature of the game,” he said. “I want to go out there and continue to play but you’ve got to be smart enough. You don’t want to make it a DL issue or something bigger than it really is. I’m hoping to take it day by day but I should be back sooner rather than later.”

Game 4: Rodriguez, Lee make debuts, Snyders make noise

The Astros (3-1) got a two-run home run by Brad Snyder and a solo home run by Chris Snyder — his second homer in as many starts — to beat the split-squad New York Mets, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon at windy Osceola County Stadium. Here’s the boxscore.

In addition to marking the spring debuts of Wandy Rodriguez and Carlos Lee, Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez was playing against his former team for the first time. Catch up on his story by clicking here.

Here’s the breakdown;

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Plenty. Wandy Rodriguez allowed one hit in three scoreless innings in his first start of the spring, despite struggling with his location. Aneury Rodriguez worked two scoreless innings, and David Carpenter, Wesley Wright and Wilton Lopez each worked a scoreless inning. Carpenter struck out a pair of batters.

Rodriguez threw 51 pitches and wasn’t hampered at all by the lower back strain that bothered him earlier in camp.

“I felt good today, but I need to work a lot because I missed a lot of my spots,” he said. “That’s normal because it’s my first outing. My arm felt very strong today.”

Chris Snyder started and caught six innings behind he plate and went 1-for-3 with his second home run of the spring. Brad Snyder, a non-roster outfielder, hit a two-run homer in the second inning, cutting his ball down the right-field line and into a stiff wind. Jason Bourgeois scorched the ball three times and had one hit to show for it.

J.B. Shuck had a hit and another walk and Marwin Gonzalez, Chris Johnson, Chris Wallace and Jose Altuve each had a hit. Carlos Lee made his spring debut after missing the first three games because of a strained right hamstring and was 1-for-3.

“I felt like I was in a good position to hit,” Lee said. “The timing was a little off, being the first time out there in a real game. But I like the way I had a good approach today and stayed back and used my hands. It’s all about timing now.”

The Astros didn’t commit and error for the third time in four spring games, and they outhit an opponent (9-5) for the first time this spring.

WHAT WENT WRONG: There’s not too much to be worried about here. The only run the Mets scored came against Brett Myers, who paid for a two-out walk in the fourth. But Myers still located pretty well and he will be fine.

I could get nit-picky and write the Astros were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, but I won’t do that.

WHAT THEY SAID: “I don’t care if it’s Spring Training or the regular season or intra-squad, I want to lock it in right now and stay locked in as much as I can. To get results is a good sign, but I’m still trying to put together good at-bats, see some pitches and make good contact.” — Astros C Chris Snyder, who’s 2-for-5 with two homers in two spring starts.

WHAT’S NEXT: Right-hander Bud Norris will be the last Astros starting pitcher to make his first appearance of the spring when he starts against the Phillies at 12:05 p.m. CT Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla. Fernando Rodriguez, Jorge De Leon and Fernando Abad are also scheduled to pitch for Houston

INJURY UPDATE: Catcher Humberto Quintero traveled to Houston on Tuesday to have his ailing back examined by a team doctor and was expected to get a cortisone shot. . … Third baseman Jimmy Paredes, who has yet to appear in a spring game because of left wrist inflammation, will face live pitching Tuesday afternoon on one of the Minor League fields. … Infielder Angel Sanchez (back) took two sets of batting practice with the coaching staff and tracked pitches with Minor Leaguers.

Here is the day in photos:

Delino DeShields Jr. gets down for a ground ball in drills.

A group of pitchers awaits morning drills.

Jose Altuve works on his bunting.

Jed Lowrie looks pensive at the cage.

Fernando Martinez catches up with former teammate Ruben Tejada.

Former University of Houston catchers Rob Johnson and Chris Snyder talk.

Lee, Quintero both sidelined to start Grapefruit League play

First baseman Carlos Lee, who was originally in the lineup for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals, said the mild right hamstring strain that caused him to be scratched isn’t serious and that he’s aiming to be in the lineup Monday against the Braves

“It’s something that happened in the offseason when I was running and I never felt it pull or nothing,” he said. “I was running one afternoon and the next day I woke up and it was kind of sore. I was treating it in Panama, too, and I feel a lot better. I ran yesterday and have been doing some exercises, and it’s feeling pretty good. I didn’t want to push it today. I’ll run some more today and tomorrow and I’m shooting for Monday.”

Astros manager Brad Mills isn’t too worried

“We knew it was like that when he came into camp and we’ve tried to hold off as much as we could as far as testing him, to see if he could play,” he said. “Yesterday, the day before we started playing, we ran him through some pretty good tests and after running through those tests we felt it would be best to give him two more days off. We’ll see how it is after tomorrow and see where he’s at for Monday.”

Meanwhile, catcher Humberto Quintero’s back is acting up again and will keep him out of game action for a couple of days. Quintero was scheduled play Saturday after starter Jason Castro left the game, but Carlos Corporan will get that time instead.

“We’ll probably hold him out of today and tomorrow as well and hopefully we’re able to get him behind the plate on Monday and Tuesday,” Mills said. “We were hoping to get him into the game today after Castro. We’ll hold off on that.”

Mills said third baseman Jimmy Paredes (left wrist) has been cleared to start swinging a bat from the right side of the plate. Infielder Angel Sanchez keeps progressing from his back injury and might begin swinging off a tee on Saturday.

Here is Saturday’s lineup against the Nats:

LF J.B. Shuck

2B Jose Altuve

RF Travis Buck

DH Jack Cust

3B Chris Johnson

SS Jed Lowrie

1B Brett Wallace

CF Jason Bourgeois

C Jason Castro

SP Livan Hernandez

Astros health update

Third baseman Geoff Blum, on the disabled list since June 13 with a left hamstring strain, ran in the outfield and did some other agility drills prior to Sunday’s game at the Metrodome. Blum still has about another week before he can be activated and he could go on a Minor League rehab assignment later this week.

Blum did a few sprints, a couple of side-to-side drills, ran a few bases and pretended he was going from first to third and felt fine.

“I’m going to take tomorrow off and come back on Tuesday and so some more running, hopefully take some ground balls,” he said. “Hopefully by Thursday I’ll be able to go out and rehab somewhere.”

Meanwhile, right-hander Felipe Paulino, who threw in the bullpen Saturday, will throw a simulated game on Tuesday and could possibly go on a rehab assignment before returning to the rotation.

Catcher Humberto Quintero was originally scheduled to start Sunday, but he came down with a sore back and was replaced in the lineup by Ivan Rodriguez. Manager Cecil Cooper said if Quintero can’t play, his third catcher is infielder Edwin Maysonet, who has been catching in the bullpen. 

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Speaking of players in the minors, right-hander Geoff Geary isn’t doing so well since arriving at Triple-A Round Rock. He got the win Saturday night against New Orleans, but gave up four runs, four hits and walked two batters in two innings. His ERA is 14.40. 

The pitching star of the night for the Express was Bud Norris, who struck out 10 batters and threw eight scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.11.  

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