Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:15:52 -0700
Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (oblique) hit off a tee Wednesday, July 30, and is happy with his progress. He's working at roughly 60 to 70 percent effort while swinging and is getting closer to full speed. He has been out since July 8 with a right oblique strain.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:04:48 -0700
Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (oblique) has been taking swings in a batting cage while hitting off a tee over the last three days. Presley said he's exerting about 60 percent effort.
Fantasy Tip: Robbie Grossman has become marginally useful in deep leagues while Presley has been out. The latter's return, probably in the next few weeks, won't help either in terms of playing time.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:16:26 -0700
Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 7, with an injured oblique muscle. OF Robbie Grossman will come up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to replace him in the lineup Tuesday, July 8.
Fantasy Tip: Grossman is an AL-only piece, ideally as a fifth outfielder or utility player.
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:25:43 -0700
Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (side) left the game Monday, July 7, against the Texas Rangers after an apparent pain in his right side suffered during an at-bat.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:24:27 -0700
The Houston Astros placed OF Dexter Fowler (intercostal) on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain Tuesday, July 1. The move is retroactive to June 27.
Fantasy Tip: L.J. Hoes and Alex Presley should see plenty of playing time in the Houston outfield now, but don't forget about prospect Domingo Santana, who was just recalled from the minors. Santana has the most upside and should warrant regular PT with Fowler on the shelf. Santana doesn't have much speed, but the raw power will be appealing in AL-only leagues.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:44:08 -0700
Houston Astros C Jason Castro is not in the lineup for the day game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 19, because the team is facing a left-handed starter and because he caught the night game Friday, April 18. OF Alex Presley (illness) will also be unavailable for the game.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:24:12 -0700
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup Friday, April 18, because he was dealing with flu-like symptoms.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:39:29 -0700
Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (undisclosed) has been scratched from the starting lineup Friday, April 18. It is not known why Presley will not play in the game.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:11:54 -0700
The Houston Astros claimed OF Alex Presley off waivers from the Minnesota Twins Thursday, March 27.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:08:54 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks is hoping to turn things around in his second season after struggling in his rookie year in 2013 and being demoted to the minors for good in August. "That's what we hope Hicks does, same thing (as Dozier)," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Take it and run with it. Believe me, you're talking young players that aren't out of second chances. They'll get plenty of chances here; now it's up to them. We like the heck out of the kid, and it's the same thing with Dozier. That makes it pretty easy to give them a chance, give them a look again." Hicks is competing with OF Alex Presley this spring for the starting center field job, and Presley is out of minor league options, which gives him a slight edge.
Hicks adjusted his offseason workout routine this year, holding off from baseball activities until late November. This spring, he entered camp noticeably stronger than last year, and he spent time working with former 2B Rod Carew. Gardenhire is already noticing a big difference in Hicks this year.
Fantasy Tip: Hicks remains a top prospect in the organization, although he's now overshadowed by Byron Buxton. After his hot spring last year, Hicks was clearly overvalued in fantasy circles and was rushed to the big leagues. This could be his year if he learns from his failures in 2013. He's a nice sleeper in AL-only leagues with a solid blend of power and speed.