Houston's roster is coming into focus, as the season rapidly approaches. On Sunday, the Astros reassigned five players to the minor leagues and
The Astros reassigned shortstop Carlos Correa, left-hander Darin Downs, catcher Tyler Heineman, right-hander James Hoyt and infielder Gregorio Petit. Houston
Of these, the most surprising was Dominguez. The third baseman played 157 games last season
Downs, Hoyt, Heineman and Petit will all stay with the team through the exhibition games after the Astros break camp this week. Houston will play the Corpus Christi Hooks on April 2 and will then host the Kansas City Royals for a pair of games on April 3-4 before opening the season against the Cleveland Indians on April 6.
With the moves, the Astros have 32 players in camp with two non-roster
If we assume that Brad Peacock and L.J. Hoes (who injured his wrist this weekend) will open the season on the disabled list, the Astros will still need to cut five players from the roster. Two of those five could come from the losers of the final roster battle between outfielders Alex Presley and Robbie Grossman and infielder Jonathan Villar.
The other cuts will likely come from the bullpen, as left Kevin Chapman and right-handers Will Harris and Asher Wojciechowski could round out the last cuts. If Brett Oberholtzer or Josh Fields start the season on the DL, though, either of the two righties could stick with the team, which may be why they weren't cut on Sunday.