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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 28th, 2019

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Astros News

Yesterday was not a day for good news as Josh James was diagnosed with a quad strain (
Which could have a pretty big impact on the Astros’ Opening Day roster (The Athletic, $$$)
It also doesn’t help that Collin McHugh left yesterday’s game with back soreness, but he’s not overly concerned about it (Houston Chronicle)
Both of them should factor into the latest news on the Astros’ starting rotation (MLB Trade Rumors)
Hinch is looking at running with 12 pitchers on the roster to start the season (
A season that will feature a fair amount of early off days for the team (Houston Chronicle)
Nick Tanielu has been turning some heads with his versatility in camp (Texas Sports Nation)
Will Alex Bregman be the real beneficiary of everything that is going on with free agency? (Houston Sportsmap)
Let’s preview George Springer as a piece for your 2019 fantasy baseball team (NBC Sports)

Around the League

It looks as though the Giants have jumped headlong into the Harper sweepstakes and are now offering a 10-year deal (MLB Trade Rumors)
And they could potentially land the favorite for the NL MVP according to one Las Vegas oddsmaker (ESPN)
Here are 7 actual feel-good stories from Spring Training this year (
And here is the Angels’ plan to actually utilize Mike Trout this year (Sports Illustrated)
Which may feature a move to Long Beach for the team (Long Beach Post)
It seems as though Pittsburgh is not too happy with the Pirates’ latest moves (CBS Sports)
Ozzie Albies hit ball hard (CUT 4)