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Arizona Fall League photo gallery

Here are some photos from today’s Arizona Fall League action:

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Delino DeShields Jr.

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Matt Heidenreich

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Japhet Amador

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Nolan Fontana

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Alex Sogard

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DeShields Jr. leads Astros contingent in Arizona

2013 Peoria Javelinas
Organizational Affiliations: Astros, Mariners, Padres, Phillies, Royals
Home Games: Surprise Stadium
Manager: Jim Pankovits (SEA) As of August 27, 2013
Pitching Coach: Tim Worrell (SD)
Hitting Coach: Tommy Gregg (KC)
Coach: Dave Borkowski (HOU)
Trainers: Mickey Kozack (PHI), Bryan Baca (HOU)


RHP Jonas Dufek, 6-5, 215, 06/30/88, Double-A Corpus Christi
RHP Matt Heidenreich, 6-5, 185 01/17/91, Double-A Corpus Christi
RHP Andrew Robinson, 6-1, 185 02/13/88, Double-A Corpus Christi
LHP Alex Sogard, 6-3, 215, 07/25/87, Triple-A Oklahoma City


Japhet Amador, 6-4, 215 01/19/87, Triple-A Oklahoma City
Nolan Fontana, 5-11, 192 06/06/91, Class A Lancaster
*Jonathan Meyer, 6-1 195 11/01/90, Double-A Corpus Christi
Delino DeShields Jr., 5-9 205 08/16/92, Class A Lancaster

* Denotes “taxi squad” member activated only on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Injury update and lineup

Here’s what’s going on in Kissimmee on this Tuesday morning:

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    Catcher Max Stassi is scheduled to fly to Philadelphia today to be examined by Dr. William Meyers on Wednesday and undergo an MRI. Stassi has been bothered by an oblique injury for quite a while, and the Astros fear he has a sports hernia. “I’ll hopefully get some good news,” he said. “Worst-case, a sports hernia puts me out four to six weeks. That will set me back a little bit, but I can move forward from there. I’m in good spirits. I just want to clear up what’s been nagging me.”

  • Right-hander Hector Ambriz, who sprained his left ankle two weeks ago, was set to play catch today and throw live batting practice in the next few days. That will be his final hurdle before getting into a game. “I can’t wait, especially now that the games have started and watching everybody out there compete,” he said. “It’s baseball season and I want to get out there and pitch.”
  • With the Astros having split squads today, a few Minor League players have been summoned from the minicamp to be in uniform in case they’re needed. Among the Minor League players in uniform for the Astros for today’s game against the Tigers are pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, infielder Nolan Fontana and outfielder Michael Burgess, who was take in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Jordan Lyles pitches for the Astros in Port Charlotte against the Rays today, and if you missed it, here’s in interview I did with him:

Astros lineup Tuesday at home against Tigers (split-squad is also playing Tampa in Port Charlotte):

SS Tyler Greene

2B Jose Altuve

1B Carlos Pena

DH J.D. Martinez

3B Brett Wallace

RF Rick Ankiel

C Jason Castro

LF Fernando Martinez

CF Trevor Crowe

LHP Erik Bedard

Astros to sign second-round pick Fontana

Shortstop Nolan Fontana, taken by the Astros in the second round out of the University of Florida in the First-Year Player Draft, will be introduced to the media Tuesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park after he signs his deal with Houston.

Fontana was in Houston for a physical Monday morning, which was the last step before he signed. Fontana, taken with the No. 61 overall pick, was the Astros’ highest remaining unsigned pick.

Fontana hit .284 with nine homers and 30 RBIs his junior season for the Gators, helping them reach the College World Series. He had an on-base percentage of .406 in 66 games. The assigned slot value of Fontana’s spot in the Draft is $844,100.

The Astros signed No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa, a shortstop from Puerto Rico, within hours after he was drafted to a $4.8 million bonus, and on Monday signed fourth-round pick Rio Ruiz, a high school shortstop from La Puente, Calif., for $1.85 million. Pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., taken No. 41 overall out of Tampa, Fla., was signed earlier this month for $2.5 million.

Houston signed Correa for $1.3 million less than the prescribed bonus of $7.2 million for the top pick. The money the Astros saved enabled them to pay more to McCullers and Ruiz and steal them away from their college commitments.

When Fontana signs, the Astros will have signed 30 of their 41 picks, including 19 players selected in first 21 rounds. Houston still hasn’t signed seventh-round pick Preston Tucker, an outfielder from Florida, and 11th-round pick Hunter Virant, a left-handed pitcher from Camarillo, Calif., who’s committed to UCLA.