• Pitchers Jose Veras (Dominican Republic), Rhiner Cruz (Spain) and Xavier Cedeno (Puerto Rico) are scheduled to leave Sunday for the World Baseball Classic. Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin (Taiwan) left camp last week to join his team.
• Former Astros player and coach Jose Cruz arrived in camp on Saturday, and will be in Kissimmee for 10 days as a special instructor. Cruz's official title with the club is a community outreach executive, and the popular "Cheo" played with Houston from 1975-87.
• Catcher Max Stassi, who underwent surgery for a sports hernia on Thursday, returned to camp Saturday and was understandably moving around slowly. He's expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks. Stassi was acquired from the A's in last month's Jed Lowrie trade.