KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he would like to have his 25-man roster set prior to breaking camp on Wednesday, but that might not be possible. One issue that might carry over into next weekend is the health of reliever Josh Fields, who's not throwing off the mound because of a groin strain.
Fields is a lock to be on the team when he's healthy, but the decision on whether he'll be able to make the Opening Day roster might linger into next weekend's exhibition games in Houston against the defending American League champion Royals. Houston also plays an exhibition on Thursday at its Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas.