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The Astros will play in Houston on Saturday


The Houston Astros just announced that they will resume play in Houston on Saturday with a doubleheader against the Mets.

The series was to begin on Friday and most people believed it’d be played either in New York or in St. Petersburg due to ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, but now it will be played roughly as scheduled at Minute Maid Park.

Friday’s game is being postponed and will be part of a twin bill on Saturday. The first game will take place at 1:10PM Central time, the nightcap will begin at 7:10PM. Sunday’s game will go on as-scheduled.

Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, said in a statement, “We feel that the Astros playing this weekend will provide a much-needed boost for our city. The games will provide an opportunity for families to start returning to some aspect of normal life.”

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.