MINNEAPOLIS -- Astros outfielder Josh Reddick, who is hitting .474 after starting the season hitless in his first seven at-bats, was out of the lineup Monday night against Twins right-hander Lance Lynn due to an illness. Reddick seldom sits against right-handers."We've had a little 24-hour bug go around our team
MINNEAPOLIS -- Astros outfielder Josh Reddick, who is hitting .474 after starting the season hitless in his first seven at-bats, was out of the lineup Monday night against Twins right-hander Lance Lynn due to an illness. Reddick seldom sits against right-handers.
"We've had a little 24-hour bug go around our team and a number of players have had it," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "It hasn't really come to effect the lineup yet until today, but last night when we got here, he wasn't feeling well. He reported this morning he was doing a little bit better, but not able to play."
Hinch said Reddick would be available to pinch-hit if needed.
Castro happy for former Astros 'mates
Twins catcher Jason Castro was drafted and developed by the Astros and was with the club during its rebuilding process, only to sign with the Twins prior to last year, when the Astros won the World Series. Castro was in Houston when the Astros won Game 7 and was keeping in contact with a lot of his ex-teammates.
"It was good to see, especially the guys that were from a little bit closer to the origin of the rebuild and just having put in the time and paying dues, so to speak, and finally getting over the hump and winning the World Series," Castro said. "I was really happy for a lot of those guys."
Still, Castro said it was bittersweet watching several of the guys who he came through the Astros organization with, including pitchers Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh and outfielder George Springer, win the World Series. The Astros traded for veteran Brian McCann after the 2016 season, which signaled the end of Castro's time in Houston. He signed a three-year, $24.5 million deal with the Twins shortly afterward.
"I was happy to see them perform the way they're capable of performing on the biggest stage," he said. "Obviously, for Springer to win the World Series MVP, that's the kind of player that he is and I was happy to see him kind of reach his potential and play that way when it counted. It was fun to watch.
"It was a really good series, obviously. It was kind of cool and a little bit different to know guys in the World Series games. Everyone's watching them and you have personal relationships with them."
Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman, who grew up in Houston and played for the Astros from 2013-15, understands the significance winning the World Series had on the city of Houston during its recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
"After the hurricane and how bad it hurt the city, and for something like that to rally the city together and bring some light into a lot of people's lives, it was awesome to see," said Grossman, who lives in Houston. "The way the city rallied around the team was pretty cool to see."
Brothers bond in Minnesota
The trip to Minneapolis afforded Astros infielder J.D. Davis the opportunity to spend time with his brother, Ben, an offensive lineman for the University of Minnesota. The two had a steak dinner Sunday night with other Astros players, and Ben was going to brave the cold and watch his brother play at Target Field.
Ben Davis, who is recovering from a torn meniscus but is expected to be able to play this fall for Golden Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck, is 4 1/2 years younger than J.D., so the brothers have never played together on a team. They both played football and baseball in high school before they picked one to pursue at the next level.
"We text on almost a daily basis or every other day," J.D. Davis said. "I told him to make sure his priorities are in check and make sure he's not slipping in school because he's not playing football. I remind him of the little stuff or give him advice on some things I've learned along the way with priorities and organization. I help him out -- big brother stuff."
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.