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RHP Asher Wojciechowski, who suffered a lat strain during a bullpen session Feb. 1 at home, remains shut down from any throwing activities. Wojciechowski traveled to Houston on Friday to be examined. He took a PRP injection and rejoined the club Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla. "We're not concerned about anything too significant there," Luhnow said.

1B-OF Marc Krauss, one of four contending for the open first base job, drilled his first home run of the spring Monday. Krauss will get plenty of at-bats to show what he can do this spring.

LHP Brett Oberholtzer, who is expected to earn a spot in the Opening Day rotation after a solid rookie season in 2013, showed up with a refined curveball in his Grapefruit League debut Sunday. Although he gave up one run over two innings, he took a step in the right direction by using a pitch he vowed to improve over the winner. "It's come along really well," pitching coach Brent Strom told the Houston Chronicle.

OF George Springer, a top prospect who hit 37 home runs and stole 45 bases last year between Double A Corpus Christi and Triple A Oklahoma City last year, showcased his patience Monday with four walks. The plate discipline will be crucial because some have wondered about his high strikeout ratio. He struck out 161 times in 590 at-bats last season while walking only 83 times.

LHP Dallas Keuchel, who is battling for the fifth spot in the rotation or at least a bullpen spot as a long reliever, came out firing. He needed only 17 pitches to throw two scoreless innings Monday against the Miami Marlins.

RHP Jarred Cosart, who had a breakthrough rookie season in 2013 and is fighting for the No. 2 spot in the rotation, wasted no time getting into a solid rhythm. Cosart needed only 27 pitches while throwing two no-hit innings on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. He struck out one and walked one over the scoreless frames.

RHP Anthony Bass, who is fighting for a bullpen spot this spring, earned some praise from Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow one day after earning the save against the Atlanta Braves. He struck out two batters over one perfect inning. "Anthony Bass was pitching in the mid-90s and throwing strikes," he said. "That was a good outing for him. Probably has the best relief outing of the group (Sunday)."

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