It’s odd but it took until my last Spring Training in Florida to finally get to the Astros’ place in Kissimmee. The trip is a bit of a bear — about 130 miles and two-plus hours. I got to see the ancillary area outside of Disney and all of the non-Disney tourist spots/hotels/etc. The only mouse ears I saw, however, were on an electric transformer tower off of I-4.
I’m the only beat writer who made this trek. The others were probably smart to stay back at the ranch. The ‘A’ lineup also remained in Sarasota.
Hopper McDonald CF, Keppinger 2B, Nix RF, Gomes 1B, Jones LF, Rosales 3B, Janish SS, Hanigan C, Cueto P
Hopper didn’t make the trip but I haven’t learned why, yet. Darnell McDonald was inserted into the leadoff spot.
Nick Masset, Josh Roenicke and Pedro Viola are among those available from the bullpen.