Astros trim spring roster with more cuts

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JUPITER, Fla. — Catcher Garrett Stubbs and heralded righthander Bryan Abreu were each optioned to minor league camp on Saturday morning, part of a seven-man exodus from Astros spring training.

Both Stubbs and Abreu were added to Houston’s 40-man roster this offseason as protection from the Rule 5 Draft.

Albeit in a small sample, Stubbs exhibited pronounced power at the plate. He hit two home runs and a double in 16 Grapefruit League plate appearances. Manager A.J. Hinch said Stubbs took “a nice step forward, kind of all around.”

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Abreu, a 21-year-old Dominican who’s never pitched above Class A, possesses one of the organization’s most feared breaking balls. He threw only three Grapefruit League innings before his departure, allowing six earned runs and three strikeouts. Hinch said the team will continue to develop Abreu as a starter.


“He’s really intriguing as a young pitcher, good stuff,” Hinch said. “He handled the jump from A-ball to big league camp about as well as we could have expected. I thought he was good.”

The five non-roster invitees reassigned to minor league camp were catcher Chuckie Robinson, pitcher Akeem Bostick, outfielder Ronnie Dawson and infielders Josh Rojas and Taylor Jones.

Forty-eight players remain in major league camp.

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