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Let the Healing...Continue

As the Astros rebuild their farm system, the draft and player development are crucial. However, success in the training room will also play a part. For example, in 2008, four players who were scheduled to play in AA or higher were injured or recovering from injury the entire season. The return to health of any of these players will bolster the organization.

Felipe Paulino, P. Paulino was slated to battle for a spot in the rotation in 2008 after a brief call-up at the end of 2007. However, a season of arm problems has Paulino back at square one this spring.

More, after the jump.

Josh Flores, OF. Flores split 2007 between Salem and Round Rock, and looked to be a starter for the Hooks in 2008. Unfortunately, he stepped off a curb a few weeks before spring training, wrecked his knee, and ended his season. According to Ricky Bennett, Flores is headed to Corpus this April.

Sergio Perez, P. Perez made 25 starts and pitched 128 innings for Salem in 2007. However, he started the 2008 season with hamstring issues. He was able to pitch 27 innings for the Hooks before breaking his finger trying to bunt.

Tip Fairchild, P. Fairchild underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007. He spent 2008, trying to get his arm strength back at Corpus Christi. He split 2006 between Lexington and Salem. Between the two places, he pitched 173 innings with a 2.50 combined ERA. He is reportedly back at full strength for 2009.