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Astros cut seven players from spring training camp

Houston sent minor leaguers Matt Duffy, Nolan Fontana, Colin Moran, Roberto Pena, Jason Stoffel, Preston Tucker and Alex White to the minors.

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Another day, another round of minor league cuts. On Friday, the Astros announced that seven players were being sent down to minor league camp. They include infielders Matt Duffy, Nolan Fontana and Colin Moran, pitchers Jason Stoffel and Alex White, catcher Roberto Pena and outfielder Preston Tucker.

Six of the seven were reassigned to minor league camp while White was optioned, since he is on the 40-man roster.

The Astros spring training roster is now at 44 players and has to be down to 25 by the first part of April.

Tucker, a powerful left field prospect, probably had his spring look derailed by an errant pitch that hit him in the wrist and knocked him out of game action for about a week. He only managed seven games and eight at-bats, with no hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

Moran, the third baseman Houston picked up in the Jarred Cosart deal last summer, likely had his spring reps cut into by the Luis Valbuena acquisition. Moran went 4-for-9 this spring in eight games with two strikeouts, one walk and two runs scored.

White, meanwhile, just can't catch a break. The oft-injured right-hander came over to the Astros in the Wilton Lopez deal, but has dealt with a variety of injuries since then. This is his third big-league camp and only in the first was he close to making the Opening Day roster.

None of the 16 or so players cut this spring have been surprising. In the next couple of weeks, the roster will be whittled down more and we'll start to see where guys like Joe Thatcher, Roberto Hernandez and Andrew Aplin (all non-roster invitees) stand.