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Worth noting

• With some of the Astros starting pitchers set to throw four innings in next outings and Minor League camp starting up, the first round of roster cuts could come in the next few days. The Astros currently have 65 players in camp.

"We're going to talk about it over the next couple of days," Luhnow said. "We still have eight or nine guys competing for five rotation spots, and they're all going to be stretched out and it's going to put a squeeze on innings."

The Astros will be able to get several pitchers on the mound Saturday with split-squad games against the Yankees in Kissimmee and Phillies in Clearwater. The club is off Tuesday, and Luhnow said he'll use that time to figure out how to move forward.

"We have some options in front of us," he said. "Other teams have already started doing [cuts], and ours is probably not too far away."

• Astros manager Bo Porter said he expects Dexter Fowler (neck stiffness) to play in one of Saturday's split-squad games.

• Instant replay will be used in both of the Astros' split-squad games on Saturday. Porter will stay in Kissimmee and manage against the Yankees, while bench coach Dave Trembley will manage the game against the Phillies in Clearwater.

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