ASTROS SPRING NOTEBOOK - MARK APPEL TO MAKE FIRST SPRING START
On Thursday against the Tigers, Pat Neshek (RP) who's expected to be in the mix to close this season,
threw a 1-2-3 fourth inning striking out 2 of 3 batters.
Neshek whos dealing with a minor foot minor foot issue hadn't pitched since Sunday.
Neshek has thrown 2 scoreless innings while striking out 3 batters and walking only one thus far one this spring.
JASON STOFFEL, LUIS CRUZ, DOMINGO SANTANA
Reports have Jason Stoffel (RHP) being held out with a sore throwing arm. The injury isn't though to be a major injury.
Last year at Triple-A Oklahoma City Stoffel was a respectable 5-4 with a 3.20 ERA.
According to a MLB.com report, Catcher Luis Flores was reassigned to the minors by the Astros, who also optioned Luis Cruz (P) and Domingo Santana (OF)
to minor-league assignments as well on Friday.
Due to mild tightness in his right forearm, Mark Appel was scratched from this past Monday's spring game against the Blue Jays.
Currently Appel is set to make his first start of the spring on next Monday against the Nationals.