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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Astros’ Hinch: Early split squads ‘worst possible scenario’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A quirk in Houston’s early spring training schedule will force manager A. J. Hinch to use veteran stars such as outfielders George Springer and Michael Brantley earlier than he’d like.

Hinch isn’t pleased that his Astros will play split-squad games — at the New York Mets, home vs. Atlanta — on Sunday, the second day of their Grapefruit League play.

“Tomorrow we have a split squad, which is probably the worst possible scenario for the beginning of camp because I don’t really love playing guys this early,” Hinch said. “As we push the season earlier — into March now — spring training games, now it feels like mid-February, and we’re revving guys up. The position players don’t need as long a time to get ready for a season.”

On the bright side, imagine how strong the Astros would be if splitting them led to their reproducing by budding.

 

QLE Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: a.j. hinch, astros, spring training

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