• Astros manager Bo Porter said he's working to get legendary Iowa football coach Hayden Fry to be at his managerial debut March 31 at Minute Maid Park. He said Fry follows everything that goes on with the Astros with "great anticipation." Porter played football at Iowa under Fry.
• The Astros have set the rotation for the first few days of Grapefruit League play: Lucas Harrell on Saturday (12:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV) against Philadelphia in Clearwater, Bud Norris on Sunday (12:05 p.m. CT) against the Mets at home and Philip Humber on Monday (12:05 p.m. CT) in Jupiter against the Cardinals. Erik Bedard will start a split-squad game at home Tuesday (12:05 p.m. CT) against the Tigers, and Jordan Lyles will start Tuesday (12:05 p.m. CT) against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Alex White starts Wednesday (12:05 p.m. CT) against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.