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Astros take caution with Stassi's strained oblique

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The first injury of camp was reported Wednesday morning, when catcher Max Stassi, acquired in last week's trade with Oakland, was diagnosed with a strained oblique. He was held out of drills Wednesday.

"We want to be more careful than anything," manager Bo Porter said. "If we had to push him, he could absolutely be pushed at this time, but we're going to take all precautions to make sure that he's ready to go full bore when he steps back out here."

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The injury comes as Stassi was getting used to his new surroundings. He was in San Francisco visiting his girlfriend last week when he got a phone call telling him he had been traded in a five-player deal that netted the A's Jed Lowrie. Stassi, a California native who had been working out in Arizona, was suddenly bound for Houston.

"I had a busy couple of days," he said. "I flew over here, so it's finally nice to be able to settle in and get to know some of the guys around here. It's totally different than what I'm used to, but I'm starting to get back into my routine and feel at home back on the field."

Stassi, 22, hit .268 with a career-high 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 84 games last year at Class A Stockton. He's been hampered by various injuries the last couple of years, including shoulder and ankle ailments. He doesn't expect the latest setback to slow him down.

"I'm just going to go out and work hard every day," he said. "I'm going to put my head down and work my tail off and go out and control what I can control and mainly have fun. It's still a kid's game. Just keep it at that. Just go out and play hard every day. That's about it."

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