Sports Minute: Astros' Verlander skips scheduled bullpen session
By CHUCK KING
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Justin Verlander elected not to throw his scheduled bullpen session and No. 2 starter Zack Grienke isn't even in camp yet, adding to an unusual start to Houston's spring training. Verlander's name appeared on Houston's daily schedule as a thrower, but a team spokesman said Verlander threw a 60-pitch bullpen on Tuesday before camp opened and requested “a little extra time before he threw again.” Grienke isn't expected to arrive in camp until Feb. 22 - opening day of the Astros' Grapefruit League schedule. His absence is not a surprise to the club. Astros manager Dusty Baker said Grienke is 100% healthy.
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