Straw has been added to the Astros' 60-man player pool.

Straw had been considered on the roster bubble during spring training, but the expanded roster makes him a likely inclusion to start the season. The question then becomes whether he remains on the active roster in the weeks following the opening of the season, when rosters are reduced from 30 to 28, then 28 to 26. Houston will have Yordan Alvarez and prospect Kyle Tucker as spare outfielders, which could preclude Straw from being on the final 26-man roster. Alvarez, however, is not good defensively and will serve as the primary designated hitter, so there might be space for Straw, who can also play the infield.

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