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Astros still week away from first roster cuts

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said on Monday that the team is probably still about a week away from making its first roster cuts of the spring.

Spring Training has begun on the Minor League side, but the Astros won't send out any players until they can play in a Minor League spring contest. Games begin on March 14.

"It's tough to send anybody back if you're not going to be able to participate in competitive games yet," Luhnow said. "Maybe by next week at this time, we'll have our first moves."

By next week, starting pitchers will be stretched out to about five innings, which means there will be fewer innings to go around, so trimming some pitchers will be a priority. Starting position players are going to progressively play deeper into games, which also limits playing time of others.

The Astros have 61 players in camp and will need to be at 25 by Opening Day.

"[Cuts] is something we'll look at once they start playing games down there," manager Bo Porter said. "We still have games we're playing here and they're all getting their work done, but once they start playing games in the Minor Leagues we'll start to look at trimming the roster."

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