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Slugger Amador reports to Astros camp

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Japhet Amador reported to Astros camp on Friday afternoon. He went through a physical and worked out with the players who were staying behind at Osceola County Stadium instead of playing in the night game against the Braves at Disney.

Amador, signed last year out of the Mexican League, originally didn't report to camp because of complications with his wife's pregnancy. Now that he's here, he will compete for a starting first-base job, and he said he could be ready for game action in three or four days.

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"We'll see what type of condition he's in, and we've still got to get him some live BP and get him moving all over the field and play it by ear," manager Bo Porter said.

Amador's agent, Oscar Suarez, served as his interpreter when Amador met reporters.

"It was a tough decision when she was in the hospital," Suarez said. "It was his family's decision, her family's decision, but she's doing better now. But he's still worried she might have a setback or two."

Amador knows a few of the players in camp, having represented the Astros in the Arizona Fall League. Delino DeShields Jr. and Jonathan Meyer were among his teammates.

"It was a long season for him, since he played winter ball and he got the point he had to mentally get away from the game," Suarez said. "Now he's ready to come back."

Amador hit 36 home runs for Diablos Rojos del Mexico last year, leading the team in homers and RBIs, with 121. In 104 games and 449 plate appearances, Amador struck out only 59 times. Porter told him to keep him abreast of his family situation.

"Whenever someone has family things they need to tend to, I wanted to make it perfectly clear to him we're here to support him in any which way," Porter said. "We were happy he was able to make it here, but at the same time, I told him to keep me abreast of what's going on with your family, and if you need some time here and there, let us know and we'll help you."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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