The Houston Astros, largely focused on moves that are focused on winning in the future, made one move this off-season that was more interested in trying to improve the team right now. By trading Brandon Barnes and Jordan Lyles to the Colorado Rockies for Dexter Fowler, they actually took on more salary and a player who should be entering his prime.
Unfortunately for the Astros, Fowler’s spring is off to a slow start because of a stiff neck. Fortunately for the rest of us, Fowler’s explanation for the injury is hilarious (from MLB.com):
I slept on it wrong…You ever gone to sleep and you didn’t know you went to sleep? That’s what happened. I woke up and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I was driving this morning and saying, ‘I can’t really look in my rearview [mirror]. My neck is kind of tight. Let me get it rubbed out.’ But I’m good now. I should be back tomorrow.”
Other than an amusing quote, there should be nothing to see here. There’s plenty of time for Fowler to get right, get his sleeping habits in order, and be ready to hit the ground running for the 2014 season with his new team.