How 4 Houston Astros players are already setting an exciting tone for the season

Houston Astros spring training is underway and we're already seeing some promising young players making strong impressions.

Justin Dirden and Ronel Blanco are showing positive signs as they try to make their cases to join the big league squad.

And reliever Seth Martinez is working to solidify his spot in the Astros bullpen, as he bounced from Sugar Land to Houston during the course of last season.

Finally, we discuss how important it is for Luis Garcia to get off to a fast start considering the injury to Lance McCullers and the departure of Justin Verlander.

Be sure to check out the video above as we break down all the action.

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Jose Altuve is expected to miss significant time. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was hit by a pitch during Saturday's WBC game between Venezuela and the USA, which put a scare into Astros fans, and caused him to exit the game.

Now we're hearing Altuve with have to miss some time and won't be ready to start the season.

Bob Nightengale is reporting that the pitch broke Altuve's right thumb and he is expected to miss 8–10 weeks.

The Astros have not given an official update on the specifics of the injury.

Editor's note: The Astros have now given an update on Altuve's injury. He has a fractured thumb and will have surgery soon.

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