Houston Astros Player News: All Positions

News: Verlander (groin) threw three hitless innings in a simulated game Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Facing Houston's presumed everyday lineup, minus Yordan Alvarez (undisclosed), Verlander struck out five and did not have a ball leave the infield. The only baserunner against Verlander reached via error. While last year's AL Cy Young winner told manager Dusty Baker last month that he was healthy and free of pain, it's good to see him actually get onto the field and dominate again after undergoing right groin surgery in mid-March. Verlander would appear on track for Opening Day.
News: Bregman reported to Houston's summer camp Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Bregman has officially joined the Astros for workouts after a delay in the processing of his COVID-19 results kept him from reporting to camp earlier in the week.
News: Tucker will likely back up Josh Reddick in right field to start the season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Houston manager Dusty Baker said Tucker is the future while Reddick remains the present. After a poor showing in his major league debut in 2018, Tucker showed off last September when he hit .269 with four home runs and 11 RBI, which earned him a spot on the playoff roster. If Tucker doesn't emerge as the starter in 2020, he likely will in 2021 as this season is the final one of Reddick's four-year contract.
News: Reddick is expected to be the starter in right field to open the 2020 season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Reddick was heading that way during spring training and remains the leading candidate to start, holding off rookie Kyle Tucker. "The future is probably Tucker's, but the now is probably Reddick's," Houston manager Dusty Baker said. The future will come as soon as 2021 as Reddick is in the final year of a four-year contract in 2020.
News: Whitley threw live batting practice at the main camp at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Whitley, who has spent time at both the main and alternate camps, will not be part of the 30-man active roster when the regular season starts. As such, he will spend the season in the player pool, which will shift activities to Corpus Christi on July 24.
News: Bregman missed Wednesday's workout due to a delay in the processing of his COVID-19 test results, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Bregman is reportedly "fine" according to Rome, though the test result is "required" before he can join the Astros for workouts. So long as Bregman's test comes back negative, he should be back with the team sometime later in the week.