Astros minus 8 pitchers because of coronavirus protocols

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Astros are minus eight pitchers because of COVID-19 protocols, but general manager James Click says there were no plans to pause activity at the team’s spring training camp. Manager Dusty Baker said Friday that pitchers Cristian Javier, Pedro Báez, Francis Martes, Enoli Paredes and Hector Velazquez were out. On Thursday, Baker said three other pitchers were sent home. It was not known whether the eight pitchers had tested positive for the virus or had come in close contact with someone who had tested positive. The Astros aren’t in any danger of running out of pitchers, however. They have 39 pitchers in camp.