5/21/2014 8:01 P.M. ET
Everett, Ricciarini to represent Astros at Draft
By Earl Bloom / Special to MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- The Astros will be represented at Major League Baseball's 2014 First-Year Player Draft on June 5 by Adam Everett and Paul Ricciarini. Everett, who played shortstop for 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, is a roving infield instructor for the Astros. Ricciarini is the Astros' senior director of player personnel and scouting.
The Astros have three selections on Day 1: 1st, 36th and 42nd. Nos. 1 and 42 open the first and second rounds, while the No. 36 is a Competitive Balance Round A selection acquired from Baltimore in the Bud Norris trade.
The 2014 Draft will take place on June 5-7, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 6.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Springer hurts right hip flexor on pickoff play
ANAHEIM -- George Springer said he's going to be fine after injuring his right hip flexor in the ninth inning Wednesday night, but the Astros are nonetheless concerned about their young right fielder.
Representing the tying run at first with one out in a 2-1 loss to the Angels, Springer's leg gave out on him as he tried to get back to the base as Angels right-hander Jered Weaver made a quick -- and successful -- pickoff move.
"Not bad. I'll be all right," Springer said after receiving treatment. "It just gave out on me. I went to get back to the bag and it just went."
Manager Bo Porter said: "I think he got kind of a cramp. His leg gave out on him. He'll ice it, and we'll see how he is tomorrow."
Asked if he would've avoided the out if not for the leg, Springer said he'd like to think so. He also answered in the affirmative when asked if the pain had subsided in the half hour since the game.
"I'll be good to go," Springer said. "It's happened [before]. My body will bounce back."
Springer homered in the fourth, just one of two Astros hits off Weaver. Springer also made a running, tumbling catch to rob Hank Conger of extra bases in the second inning.
Cosart working with Feldman to sharpen sinker
ANAHEIM -- Four hours before Wednesday's game against the Angels, right-hander Jarred Cosart was on the field, playing catch with Tuesday's starter Scott Feldman, the veteran of the Astros rotation.
"He's giving me feedback," said Cosart, whose next start is Thursday night at Seattle. "I'm working on throwing a sinker now, and he's helping me. It's just [the] constant reinforcement that we do as a staff."
Since his Major League debut on July 12, 2013, Cosart ranks 10th among American League pitchers with at least 100 innings in ERA (3.02) and BAA (.231). Relying mostly on his fastball and curve, he ranks eighth this season in the AL in ground ball-to-flyball ratio (2.10).
"If he could add that [sinker] to what he's already got, it would be something," Feldman said. "Not many have three plus-pitches."
Hoes available to play after bout with stomach bug
ANAHEIM -- Outfielder L.J. Hoes, who missed Tuesday's game because of what he believes was food poisoning, returned to the Astros on Wednesday and said he was available to play, although he was not in the lineup against Jered Weaver.
After becoming ill and being scratched from Tuesday's lineup, he was sent to the team hotel to rest.
"Something just didn't sit right in my stomach, and then I got sick," said Hoes, who told manager Bo Porter he lost five or six pounds. "I still feel a little bit weak, but I'm available."
Hoes usually plays against left-handers, so he missed one Tuesday in the Angels' Tyler Skaggs.
As bad as it was, "I'm just glad it wasn't anything worse," Hoes said.
"He seems to be much better," Porter said.
• Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski threw 66 pitches (41 strikes) Wednesday in his first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City at New Orleans. He went four innings, allowing one run on four hits. Wojcichowski walked one and struck out five in a 4-1 victory. He has been on the disabled list since March 21 with a right lat strain.
• Asked about Hoes' return the same day the Angels sent their only left-hander in the bullpen, Hector Santiago, to Triple-A Salt Lake, Porter said, "All I know is (Mike) Trout's not playing. It's good."
The Angels center fielder has a hamstring strain.
"He can take off any time, every time we play them," said Porter, who has extolled Trout's virtues several times during the series. "He won't get any complaints from me."
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.