Worth noting

Worth noting

• Catcher Max Stassi, acquired two weeks ago from Oakland in the Jed Lowrie trade, was able to catch bullpen sessions Sunday without any medical restrictions. He had been out for a few days with a strained oblique muscle.

• Right-handed pitcher Hector Ambriz, who sprained his left ankle when he stepped awkwardly on first base Thursday, remains day to day. The swelling has been reduced and he's been doing range-of-motion exercises.

• Representatives from the Major League Baseball Players Association will make their annual visit to Kissimmee on Friday. The meeting is earlier in the year than normal, and manager Bo Porter said it was designed that way. He wants his young players to learn as much about the Collective Bargaining Agreement as soon as they can.

• Porter said right-hander Lucas Harrell will start the Astros' Grapefruit League opener on Saturday against the Phillies in Clearwater. Right-hander Bud Norris will start the home opener on Sunday against the Mets. The starters will likely pitch two innings, depending on pitch count.