*George Springer took BP as he works to return from a left quad strain.
*Mark Appel addressed the Corpus media as he prepares for his Double-A debut tonight:
I think I've prepared. I've thought about this moment, being here, playing for the Hooks ever since Spring Training, ever since I knew it was a possibility this year. I'm excited to be here. I think I've put in the work, put in the work to prepare myself to be ready for Double-A competition.
*Josh Zeid will have foot surgery and miss the rest of the season. He should be ready for Spring Training 2015 but will "have to learn how to use his toes" again. Maybe none of us actually know how to use our toes.
*Chris Carter will be out of the lineup for today's game due to plumbing issues.
*Bob Melvin could hear the "Let's Go A's" chant in the 9th inning last night. At Minute Maid Park.