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First baseman Amador out due to family emergency

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros first baseman Japhet Amador won't report to camp on Wednesday, or any time soon, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. Amador is in Mexico with a family emergency.

"He's not going to be here, and we don't know what the next steps are with him," Luhnow said. "For now, he needs to spend some time with his family, so he won't be showing up here today. Other than that, we expect everybody else to be here."

Amador, a 6-foot-4, 311-pound slugger who signed out of the Mexican League last year and played in the Arizona Fall League, was going to compete with Jesus Guzman, Brett Wallace, Jonathan Singleton and Marc Krauss at first base.

"When things happen to your family, you tend not to think about next steps," Luhnow said. "We're going to give him the time that he needs, but right now we're proceeding as if he's not going to be here during Spring Training.

"He was one of the players that was going to be in the mix for first base, but we have several others here who are going to compete hard for the position, and we'll find the right guy or pair of guys."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.
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