While Jeff Luhnow was in West Palm Beach with the rest of the Astros’ draft room squad earlier this week, he made sure to check on one of his most precious prospects.
Righthanded starter Forrest Whitley, the system’s top pitcher, who went on the injured list because of shoulder fatigue, has been training diligently, but he has not thrown yet.
"He’s working out in the gym, doing a lot of stuff with our training staff," Luhnow said. "He looks good. He feels good. We’re going to give him a little more time before he starts throwing again. Once he does, we’ll come up with a plan."
Luhnow did not indicate when or at what level of the minors Whitley would rejoin.
With Whitley hurt and starter Corbin Martin sent down because of his poor performance in the majors this season, pitching depth in the farm system is being tested.
Luhnow mentioned righthander Rogelio Armenteros, who pitched well his last outing, Cy Sneed and Jose Urquidy as potential call-ups in the near future.
"Urquidy has just gotten to AAA, but he has definitely made the case to be on the short list," Luhnow added. "I’m not concerned."
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