Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday Morning Hot Links

*Twelve years ago yesterday Astros scout Al Pedrique signed Jose Altuve for $15,000. God bless Al Pedrique, God bless Jose Altuve, and God bless us all.

*Alex Bregman left yesterday's game after his first AB with "back stiffness" and will not play today, but is expected to be in the lineup on Friday. The memorial ceremony will be Monday.

*Michael Brantley gonna hit everywhere in the lineup.

*Chris Devenski is ready to go back to being The Dragon, rather than The Guy Who Was Left Off The Playoff Roster. Devenski:
I feel like I've set the bar high for myself coming in and doing what I've done. I'd rather shoot high. 

*Brian McTaggart took another stab at the Opening Day Roster.

*Justin Verlander indicated that he would be open to an extension with the Astros, and the clubhouse has a lot to do with it.

*Jon Heyman notes that the Astros have sustained interest in bringing back Dallas Keuchel, but so do the Phillies.

*Josh James is close to resuming his throwing program after straining his quad.

*A.J. Hinch is liking how aggressive Derek Fisher is at the plate this Spring.

*Brad Peacock: Proven Commodity.

*After getting suspended for 15 games following a domestic violence incident, Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for HGH.

*Former Astros Great Cameron Maybin was arrested for a DUI, and of course TMZ has video.

*Noted sex offender Luke Heimlich signed with a team in the Mexican League.

*The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Rob Arthur got a hold of 73,000 never-before-seen scouting reports. Here's what they learned.

*A Musical Selection: