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Astros acquire LHP Brooks Raley from Reds

Houston to send player to be named later to Cincinnati
August 9, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros have acquired LHP Brooks Raley from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named later. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager James Click. Raley will report to Houston this week before being added to the Major League roster. To

Houston Astros, Governor Abbott, TDEM announce COVID-19 testing site at Minute Maid Park

Site to begin operations on Saturday, Aug. 8
August 6, 2020

HOUSTON, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Houston Astros and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) have teamed up to open a free COVID-19 testing site at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The testing site will be able to process 2,000 tests per day and will

Astros acquire Hector Velázquez from Orioles

Houston sends player to be named later to Baltimore
July 29, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros have acquired RHP Hector Velázquez from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a player to be named later. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager James Click. Velázquez, 31, spent his 2019 season with the Red Sox, making 34 appearances, including eight starts,

Astros pick up manager Dusty Baker's option for 2021

Also exercise 2021 options for coaches Pettis & Strom
July 28, 2020

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have exercised the 2021 contract options for manager Dusty Baker, third base coach Gary Pettis and pitching coach Brent Strom, General Manager James Click announced today. Baker, who was hired by the Astros on January 29, is one of the most successful managers in

Dusty Baker, Astros Foundation partner for mask donation

Baker purchased 3,000 protective masks for Houston’s homeless
July 23, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – Astros manager Dusty Baker and the Astros Foundation have joined together to donate 3,000 protective masks to individuals in homeless encampments in and around the Houston area. The Astros Foundation has called on community partners, including the Houston Police Department, SEARCH Homeless Services and Star of Hope,

Astros baseball returns tomorrow with Opening Day game against Mariners

Friday’s 8:10 p.m. CT game will be televised live on AT&T SportsNet Southwest
July 23, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – The 2019 American League Champion Houston Astros will officially kick of the 2020 Major League Baseball season tomorrow with an 8:10 p.m. CT Opening Day game against the Seattle Mariners. The reigning 2019 AL Cy Young Award winner, Justin Verlander, will start for the Astros opposite left-handed

Astros television broadcaster Todd Kalas to miss start of 2020 season

Kalas is asymptomatic after testing positive for COVID-19
July 21, 2020

HOUSTON, TX -- Houston Astros television play-by-play broadcaster Todd Kalas will miss the start of the 2020 season due to a positive COVID-19 test result. Kalas is asymptomatic, is feeling fine, and is quarantining at his home in Houston. In Kalas’ stead, long-time Houston sportscaster Kevin Eschenfelder will serve as

Broadcast schedule for Astros July 20-21 exhibition games

Will play two games at KC; First game action since March 11
July 16, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – The Astros will play their first official exhibition games in over four months when they visit the Kansas City Royals for a two-game set, July 20-21 at Kauffman Stadium. It will mark Houston’s first game action since March 11 in West Palm Beach. Astros fans will have

Astros to play two exhibition games at KC

Games scheduled for July 20-21 at Kauffman Stadium
July 13, 2020

HOUSTON, TX -- The Astros will travel to Kansas City next week to play two exhibition games vs. the Royals on July 20-21 at Kauffman Stadium. The Monday, July 20 game will have a 7:05 p.m. CT start while the Tuesday, July 21 game will start at 1:05 p.m. CT.

Today's Astros workout cancelled

Decision made as a precautionary step due to a potential direct exposure
July 11, 2020

HOUSTON, TX -- Today’s Astros workout at Minute Maid Park has been cancelled as a precautionary measure, General Manager James Click announced today. Below is a statement from James Click: “As part of MLB’s testing and reporting plan, we were alerted that a staff member was potentially exposed to a

Astros release 2021 schedule

Will begin 2021 season on April 1 on the road; Home Opener will be April 8
July 9, 2020

The Houston Astros will begin the 2021 season on the road April 1 at Oakland, in what will be the first of a 4-game series vs. the Athletics. The 2021 Home Opener is scheduled for April 8, also vs. the Athletics, which will be the first of a six-game homestand

Astros release 2020 60-game Houston Astros schedule 

Newly-formed 60-game season will begin at home on July 24 vs. Seattle; Schedule includes 40 games vs. the AL West, 20 games vs. the NL West
July 6, 2020

The defending American League Champion Houston Astros will begin the 2020 season at home, hosting the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 24 at Minute Maid Park. It will be the first of a six-game homestand (7/24-29) in which the Astros will host Seattle (4 games) and the Los Angeles Dodgers

Astros cancel today's Summer Camp workouts

Delay in COVID-19 test results the cause of today’s cancellation
July 6, 2020

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have canceled their Summer Camp workouts today due to a delay in receiving COVID-19 test results taken last week. Below is a statement released by Astros General Manager James Click: “The safety of our players and staff remains our top priority at the Astros. The

Astros official Summer Camp workouts begin Friday

All media must apply for daily credentials for workouts; Deadline for Friday is end of day tomorrow
June 30, 2020

HOUSTON, TX -- The Houston Astros will begin official Summer Camp workouts this Friday, July 3, at Minute Maid Park. Workout and media access times are still to be determined and will be announced as soon as possible. To apply for media credentials for Astros workouts, please do so via

Astros to use University of Houston facility for workout site

Don Sanders Field at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park & new Player Development Center to be utilized
June 29, 2020

HOUSTON, TX -- The Houston Astros will use the baseball facilities at the University of Houston as an alternate workout site once players return to the field this week, General Manager James Click announced. The Astros will utilize both Minute Maid Park and the University of Houston location in an

Astros announce initial player pool for 2020 season

Roster includes 30 pitchers and 26 position players
June 28, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros have announced their initial Player Pool this afternoon, a group of 56, which includes 30 pitchers and 26 position players. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager James Click. The Astros Player Pool consists of players who will be eligible to play for

Astros announce initial player pool for 2020 season

Roster includes 30 pitchers and 26 position players
June 28, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros have announced their initial Player Pool this afternoon, a group of 56, which includes 30 pitchers and 26 position players. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager James Click. The Astros Player Pool consists of players who will be eligible to play for

Astros sign three additional undrafted free agents

Houston has signed a total of 13 players, including all 2020 draft picks
June 23, 2020

HOUSTON, TX -- The Houston Astros have signed three additional undrafted free agents in RHP Jimmy Endersby, OF Cody Orr and RHP Jonathan Sprinkle, giving Houston a total of 13 players signed following the 2020 MLB Draft. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Astros

Astros have one player test positive for COVID-19 at WPB facility

No player has tested positive for COVID-19 in Houston
June 19, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – Several days ago, one Astros player who has been working out at the Astros complex in West Palm Beach, FL, tested positive for COVID-19, General Manager James Click announced. That player experienced minor symptoms and is recovering well. Following the positive test, the Astros informed MLB and

Astros sign 10 amateur players, including all 2020 Draft picks

Top selection Alex Santos II officially signed today
June 19, 2020

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have signed 10 amateur players this week, including all four of their selections in the 2020 MLB Draft and an additional six undrafted free agents. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager James Click. The drafted

Astros make four selections in 2020 MLB Draft

June 11, 2020

The Houston Astros made four selections in the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft tonight, selecting right-handed pitcher Alex Santos (Second Round Compensation), right-handed pitcher Tyler Brown (third round), outfielder Zach Daniels (fourth round) and shortstop Shay Whitcomb (fifth round). Santos, 18, was drafted out of Mount Saint Michael

Yuli & Lianet Gurriel Partner with Astros Foundation to Make Donation to Kids' Meals & Cristo Rey Jesuit School

Donations will fund both laptops and meals for Houston-area kids and teens
May 29, 2020

HOUSTON, TX -- Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel and his wife, Lianet, today made donations to both Kids’ Meals and to the Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston. Their donation, which has been funneled through the Astros Foundation, will be used to purchase laptops and meals for Houston-area kids

Astros will pay Minor Leaguers through August

Current minor league players will be paid through Aug. 31
May 29, 2020

HOUSTON, TX - All players currently within the Astros minor league system will continue to be paid their current stipend and receive benefits through August 31st, Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane announced today. “With the uncertainty that our minor league players are facing currently, this decision provides our players

Astros open facilities for individual player workouts

Minute Maid Park & West Palm Beach Spring Training Complex available starting March 25, 2020
May 25, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – Beginning today, the Astros will allow limited player access to Minute Maid Park and the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches complex in West Palm Beach for individual workouts. Those workouts will be closed to the media and to the public. At each facility, the Astros will

Teammates, colleagues remember Bob Watson

Astros legend was revered in MLB circles
May 15, 2020

HOUSTON, TX- The Astros family lost a true icon yesterday with the passing of Bob Watson, who was 74. Below are comments that reflect the impact that Bob had on those that knew him: “Bob Watson was a remarkable man, someone that was highly respected. As a player, he was