Houston Astros star prospect Mark Appel is battling for a spot on the team’s 25-man roster and stated he is now able to pitch after deailing with an injury during spring training.

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Appel Ready to Pitch in Games 

Tuesday, March 10

“Mark Appel threw today and said he is ready to pitch in games. He said he has zero concern,” noted Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Yesterday, it appeared Appel‘s spring training had hit a speed bump when McTaggart noted the pitcher was dealing with a potential forearm injury:

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle talked to Appel, who said, “I feel like I could pitch. But I understand the training staff’s decision…and the fact that it is spring training.”

While this doesn’t appear to be too serious at the moment, it could be a setback for the top overall pick of the 2013 draft. Appel, alongside 2012 first-round pick Carlos Correa, is considered the future of this franchise, and the hope will be that he can become an ace for years to come.

At the moment, however, the team would be happy to learn that his forearm tightness isn’t anything to worry about or indicative of a more serious injury. 


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