Houston Astros Player News: All Positions

News: Marisnick went 1-for-3 on Sunday against the Braves and raised his spring average to .313.
Impact: Marisnick, in what seems like a neverending battle to become a harder out, altered his batting stance and has maintained a good average this spring. He'll begin the season on the Opening Day roster as a backup outfielder. Like the other backup outfielders, Marisnick is looking over his shoulder at prospect Kyle Tucker, who is expected to reach the majors for good this season.
News: Valdez allowed two hits and struck out four over four scoreless innings Sunday against the Braves.
Impact: Valdez lowered his spring ERA to 4.05 with the outing, which was his last chance to impress manager AJ Hinch, who will decide the identity of his fifth starter early this week. Valdez and Brad Peacock have been competing, and it is presumed Peacock will get the nod.
News: Verlander tossed 6.2 innings against Astros minor leaguers Sunday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. He allowed one hit and two walks while striking out 10.
Impact: That's about what you'd expect out of Verlander at this stage of camp, particularly against less experienced hitters. "It's hard to get a little bit of the adrenaline going, but it's also a good opportunity to work on things I've been working on," Verlander said. "Today was a productive day for me." Houston's ace is expected to scale back his pitch count for his final spring start, which is standard practice for veteran pitchers. He's set to make his 11th Opening Day start March 28, on the road against the Rays.
News: Reddick played first base in a minor-league game last week, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Astros manager AJ Hinch loves versatility and wants to add a third option at first base behind Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White. Reddick acknowledged the challenges of learning a new position in the infield after a career as an outfielder, but he's confident -- with the assistance of former Astro and Hall of Fame first baseman Jeff Bagwell -- he'll handle the transition. He may not play enough at the position to qualify and is only being considered as an emergency option.