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59 Asher Wojciechowski SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/239 | Birthdate: 12/21/1988 | Birthplace: Hardeeville, SC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros' final rotation spot down to Wojciechowski, Hernandez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Thursday that the final spot in the rotation is down between Asher Wojciechowski and Roberto Hernandez, according to the Houston Chronicle

"I'm not really making declarations at this point," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "Coming into next week, we'd like to have a clearer picture, but today, on Thursday, there's still many [bullpen] combos we could go with."

Wojciechowski owns a 1.08 ERA through five spring outings (two starts). He has 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. Hernandez has 4.50 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 4:5 K:BB ratio over 12 innings of work this spring.


Astros' Wojciechowski has 1.08 ERA through five spring outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Astros starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski continued his push for the final spot in the rotation with another strong outing Wednesday against the Phillies. Wojciechowski (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and no walks, while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings.

“It was a good day, defense played great and Hank (catcher Hank Conger) called a great game again, we were on the same page,” Wojciechowski said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Defense backed me up and it was a lot of fun.

“I’m just out there having fun and whatever happens happens. Just trying to look forward to my next outing, enjoy this one and just tomorrow get up and get ready for my next outing whenever that is and go from there.”

The right-hander has a 1.08 ERA through five spring outings (two starts). He has 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.


Astros' SP competition down to Hernandez, Deduno, Wojciechowski


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) With the demotion of Dan Straily to the minors on Monday, the competition for the final spot in the Astros rotation is down to Roberto Hernandez, Asher Wojciechowski and Samuel Deduno.

Although, general manager Jeff Lunhow seemed to indicate Hernandez, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, might be the favorite for the final spot in the rotation.

"You look at what's going on with other clubs around baseball, and there's a lot of injuries, and having extra pitchers that are major league-caliber is something we value," general manager Jeff Luhnow said of Hernandez. "That's definitely a consideration."

Wojciechowski has a 0.75 ERA through four spring outings (one start). Hernandez is 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA through four outings (two starts). Deduno is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA through four appearances (one start).


Five pitchers still vying for final spot in Astros' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Thursday the final spot in the rotation remains up for grabs, per the Houston Chronicle. The candidates vying for the fifth spot in the rotation are Samuel Deduno, Asher Wojciechowski, Roberto Hernandez, Dan Straily and Alex White.

“It’s the sum of the entire spring that we pay attention to, but you always want to leave a good impression in the minds of the decision makers and coaches and your teachers,” Hinch said. “They’re always big. And these guys that are pitching for a spot on the team or playing for a spot on this team as a position player, there’s a little bit of stress and pressure that goes into it. But that’s a good thing.”

Deduno and Wojciechowski will be on the mound Friday against the Nationals. The duo have pitched particularly well this spring, as Deduno has allowed one run in eight innings and Wojciechowski hasn't allowed a run in nine innings.

“It’s a point of emphasis for Sammy to get ahead and utilize all of his weapons,” Hinch said. “For Wojo to get ahead and for him to be able to expand on purpose is a great point of emphasis for him. Wojo’s changeup and Deduno’s fastball are pitches that we’re paying close attention to just because the effectiveness that they have on the hitters."


Asher Wojciechowski to make case for Astros' rotation on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Asher Wojciechowski is trying to land the final spot in the Astros' starting rotation after spending the last two seasons in Triple-A. 

The right-hander will get a chance to make his case for the job with a start in Sunday's game. 

"I'm definitely appreciative and excited to get a start, and will just go out there and compete and have fun and see what happens," Wojciechowski told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

Wojciechowski has pitched five shutout innings this spring, striking out three and allowing three hits.

"I'm a big Wojo fan," Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said. "For him to emerge as a legitimate Major League pitcher this year would be fantastic for our organization. I'm hopeful that he can do it in a starting capacity."


Astros' Lunhow a big fan of prospect Asher Wojciechowski


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Astros starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski is a serious contender for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, especially since it appears general manager Jeff Lunhow has high hopes for the right-handed hurler.

"I'm a big Wojo fan," Luhnow said, per MLB.com. "For him to emerge as a legitimate major-league pitcher this year would be fantastic for our organization. I'm hopeful that he can do it in a starting capacity."

The 2010 first-round pick is 35-26 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in the minors. 


Astros' Asher Wojciechowski to get another look on Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that Asher Wojciechowski will get another Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Nationals, according to MLB.com.

Hinch noted that Wojciechowski earned a longer look after performing well against Toronto on Monday. He has not allowed a run through his first two spring starts. Brett Oberholtzer will throw in a minor-league game Sunday on back field.


Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."


Astros' Asher Wojciechowski moves to opposite side of pitching rubber


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) In an attempt to improve his delivery, Astros right-hander Asher Wojciechowski has moved from the third-base side of the pitching rubber to the first-base side, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"I'm really pleased with Wojciechowski, coming off his health issues and everything," pitching coach Brent Strom said. "He's throwing the ball extremely well.

"Wojo was a right-handed pitcher throwing from the third-base side of the rubber, slightly across body, which created a tough angle. We moved him to the far first-base side of the rubber, freed his arm up."

Strom advised Wojciechowski's new position this spring after the 26-year-old was slowed down by a lat injury in 2014. Wojciechowski is on the 40-man active roster and is considered an outside candidate for the rotation. He's competing against Dan Straily and Roberto Hernandez for a spot on the opening day roster.


Asher Wojciechowski optioned after activation off DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Astros announced Wednesday they activated starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (back) off the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wojciechowski was on a rehab assignment with Oklahoma City, posting a 4.76 ERA in three starts.

Asher Wojciechowski wild in return to rehab


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was rusty in his return to a rehab assignment Wednesday, as he pitched for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wojciechowski pitched into the fourth inning and tossed 53 pitches, but had trouble finding the strike zone. He threw just 28 of his pitches for strikes, walking five and striking out one, while allowing four runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Wojciechowski is working his way back from lat strain, and it is not clear how much longer he will be on assignment after his two-week break. 


Asher Wojciechowski ready to restart rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Astros starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday, per MLB.com. Wojciechowski last pitched in a rehab game in late May.

Asher Wojciechowski to take two-week break from game action


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was sent to the team's spring-training facility to continue his rehab, and he won't throw in a rehab game for two weeks, MLB.com reports.

"It's nothing too severe," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We don't think there's any real issue, but he's not going to throw in a game for the next two weeks. He's going to go to Florida and do some rehab and throw down there."

Wojciechowski gave up one run on four hits in four innings during a rehab start in late May. He'll continue to work his way back from a flexor muscle strain.


Asher Wojciechowski tosses four innings in rehab start


by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(5/21/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out five in four innings during a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday.

Wojciechowski threw 41 of his 66 pitches for strikes in the rehab outing. He has been on the disabled list all season while recovering from a lat strain.


Asher Wojciechowski slated to make rehab start Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Wojciechowski was placed on the disabled list before the beginning of the regular season due to a strained lat muscle. He went 9-7 with a 3.56 ERA and 104:44 K:BB ratio in 134 innings with Oklahoma City in 2013.


Asher Wojciechowski to begin extended spring games


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski is set to begin pitching in game situations, with an extended spring game set for Saturday.

Wojciechowski will throw three innings at the team's complex in Fla., according to the Houston Chronicle Friday. Wojciechowski is working his way back a right lat injury. 


Two injured Astros pitchers throw Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Injured Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain) threw live batting practice Tuesday, while reliever Jesse Crain (biceps) threw off flat ground, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"Wojo had a live batting practice," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "That was his first time doing that, so that was a big milestone for him, and Crain threw flat ground today."


Asher Wojciechowski progressing to mound work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojcieshowski has been able to throw off a mound while working at the team's spring-training complex, as he continues to recover from a lat injury. MLB.com reported his progress Tuesday, though no other details on a potential timeline are known at this point.

Wojciechowski had a chance to break camp with the team after posting a 3.56 ERA in 134 inning at Triple-A last season, before beginning the season on the disabled list. 


Astros place three on 15-day disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Astros placed pitchers Jesse Crain (biceps, calf), Alex White (elbow) and Asher Wojciechowski (back) on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced. All moves were backdated to to March 21, MLB.com reports.

Astros place two pitchers on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Astros announced Sunday starting pitchers Alex White, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in April 2013, and Asher Wojciechowski, who is recovering from a lat strain, were both placed on the 15-day disabed list. Both moves were retroactive to March 21.

Asher Wojciechowski, Alex White will start season DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) As expected, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com Saturday that pitchers Asher Wojciechowski and Alex White were likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

Wojciechowski has been shut down since Feb. 1 with a lat injury. White is working his way back from Tommy John surgery last April.

Asher Wojciechowski has setback with lat injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski had a setback with his lat injury, according to the Houston Chronicle

Wojciechowski has been dealing with the issue throughout camp, but it flared up Sunday. He's been shut down since then due to the injury. Wojciechowski was fighting for a spot on the 25-man roster, but that seems unlikely at this point.


Asher Wojciechowski returns to camp after PRP injection


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski returned to camp Friday after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection for his strained lat, MLB.com reports.

"I think we're just going to give it a couple of days of more rest, and then whatever the doctors want to do, and see how I'm feeling," Wojciechowski said. "Hopefully, this helps the recovery process and lets it heal a little bit faster than it has been."

Wojciechowski treated the area with ice Friday but does not have a timetable to resume throwing.

"I don't know exactly the time frame or plan," he said. "All I know is we're going to rest it and maybe in a few more days start testing it, and I don't know when I'm going to start throwing yet. Hopefully soon."

Wojciechowski has dealt with the lat injury for a month.


Asher Wojciechowski to receive PRP injection in lat muscle


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski went to Houston Wednesday to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right lat muscle, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"It’s supposed to help with the recovery time," he said.

Wojciechowski underwent an MRI on the lat Monday, his second since injuring the muscle on Feb. 1.


Asher Wojciechowski needs to undergo more testing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Wednesday pitcher Asher Wojciechowski will need to undergo more tests after going for an MRI Monday on his strained right lat. Wojciechowski has already had two MRIs since he first injured his lat on Feb. 1, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"I haven’t talked to (trainer Nate Lucero) this morning, but I’m pretty sure they’ll give me a complete update of exactly what needs to happen given the results of the test in which he’s already taken," Porter said.