• Roger Clemens, a special advisor to the Astros, will be in camp for two days beginning Wednesday. Porter said he plans for Clemens to address the pitchers like he did last year.
"I felt like his talk to the team last year was absolutely outstanding," Porter said. "He relished in that, and when you have a guy as accomplished as Roger Clemens available to your organization, we're blessed to have him. He loves talking to the players, loves talking pitching to those guys. He'll have a segment he'll be able to speak to the team, and I'm pretty sure they'll look forward to it."
• Porter said he's thrilled to have his long-time mentor and former Minor League manager Dave Trembley as the team's bench coach this year. Trembley was the team's third-base coach last year in his first season on the staff.
"Dave Trembley is a man that has pretty much handled every job there is in baseball," Porter said. "I had the fortune to play for him. He is an extreme attention-to-detail-type person. He was really instrumental in my development as a baseball player, and I am extremely honored to have him as the bench coach here for the Houston Astros."
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