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Porter to be briefed on instant replay Friday

After the Astros finish the second day of full-squad workouts on Friday, manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley will take part in a meeting with Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations, and Peter Woodfork, senior vice president for baseball operations, to get the lowdown on instant replay.

Porter said the bench coaches from the Tigers and the Braves, both of whom train relatively close to Osceola County Stadium, will also take part in the meeting. MLB approved the use of expanded replay for the 2014, which includes managers being able to challenge calls.

Porter has been a proponent of replay.

“You have something in your pocket that can definitely impact the game, and we didn’t have that in previous years,” he said. “I’ve always been an advocate to do everything we can to get it right, and this is a huge step forward for Major League Baseball, given the amount of technology we have. It puts us in position get the calls right.”

In injury news, right-hander Jorge De Leon is nursing a strained right quad.

Friday was photo day for the Astros, which meant they took turns at various photo stations prior to workout:

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Jarred Cosart

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Jose Altuve

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Dallas Keuchel

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Jarred Cosart

Controversial call forces Wade to call league

Astros general manager Ed Wade spoke with a Major League Baseball official by telephone during Tuesday’s night game at Busch Stadium to voice his displeasure about a controversial home run by Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols not being overturned by instant replay.

Not long after the umpires didn’t reverse the call despite replay evidence showing Pujols’ ball hit the top of the padded wall and bounced back into play, Wade called Joe Garagiola Jr., baseball’s senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, from his home in Houston.

“I already knew it’s not an issue you can protest,” he said. “It’s not a rules interpretation; it’s an umpire’s judgment, so from that standpoint as far as having any recourse, there really isn’t any. I indicated to Joe we thought the call was wrong and would appreciate the Commissioner’s office looking at it because obviously it had a significant impact on the game last night and replay is there to remedy close calls, and we thought that one clearly showed it wasn’t a home run. We couldn’t understand why the decision was made.”

Jim Reynolds, the umpiring crew chief, told a reporter that a replay from a side angle showed the ball hitting the top of the padded wall and skipping over it and then striking a cement wall before caroming back onto the field. The two-run homer by Pujols was the difference in the Astros’ 3-1 loss to the Cardinals.

“We didn’t see it that way,” Wade said. “It’s subject to interpretation. We’ve got this policy in place to review close calls like that. In a perfect world it solves these issues immediately. That one, we just respectfully disagree with the solution.”

Astros manager Brad Mills was upset after the game and said changes need to be made to baseball’s use of instant replay, which began in 2008.

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