The News Tribune - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

Astros: Robin­son Chiri­nos and the Astros have fi­nal­ized a $5.75 mil­lion, oneyear con­tract, giv­ing catch­ing-thin Hous­ton an­other op­tion be­hind the plate. The 34-year-old spent the past six sea­sons with the Texas Rangers and hit .222 this year while set­ting ca­reer bests with 18 homers and 65 RBIs in 113 games. His .757 OPS was sec­ond among AL catch­ers. Cubs: Closer Bran­don Mor­row likely will miss the start of the sea­son fol­low­ing arthro­scopic surgery on his right el­bow last month. Chicago pres­i­dent of baseball op­er­a­tions Theo Ep­stein re­vealed Thurs­day that Mor­row’s op­er­a­tion took place on Nov. 6. The Cubs waited to make an an­nounce­ment be­cause Mor­row’s re­cov­ery will im­pact how they fill out the bullpen.

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