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The Astros ended early on Wednesday and will start late on Thursday ahead of Friday's Spring Training opener against the Braves at 5 p.m. CT in Osceola County Stadium. Porter wants give the club some rest before games begin.

"When we looked at the schedule and realized that our first game was going to be a night game, it kind of made sense to let them sleep in a couple days in a row to kind of get their legs back underneath them," Porter said. "It's a credit to the way they've been working and going about their business."

The Astros ended early on Wednesday and will start late on Thursday ahead of Friday's Spring Training opener against the Braves at 5 p.m. CT in Osceola County Stadium. Porter wants give the club some rest before games begin.

"When we looked at the schedule and realized that our first game was going to be a night game, it kind of made sense to let them sleep in a couple days in a row to kind of get their legs back underneath them," Porter said. "It's a credit to the way they've been working and going about their business."

The Astros are not yet certain if Japhet Amador will report to camp on the target date of Friday. Amador, a non-roster invitee, has been home caring for his ill pregnant wife.

Porter said Amador will compete for Houston's starting job at first base once he arrives in Kissimmee, Fla.

"I'm looking forward to getting him here, talking to him and just making sure everything is OK on the home front, so that he can be in the right frame of mind to come out here and play baseball," Porter said.

Joe Morgan is a contributor to MLB.com.

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