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In-game tidbits: Cosart impresses, Schafer nears return, and a few pregame photos.

Asked for his impression of top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart on Sunday, manager Brad Mills used one word: “Electric.”

Sunday’s game, a split-squad affair with the Pirates in Kissimmee, presented Cosart with his first real opportunity to impress the Astros’ skipper. The 21-year-old righty was slated to throw the final four innings and he nearly made it: Over 3 1/3 innings, Cosart allowed seven hits, four runs, one walk and five strikeouts. He struck out the side in his first frame and consistently hit 96 mph with his fastball, reaching 98 a couple of times.

Mills didn’t want to take any chances after Cosart started to labor through his final inning and ended the right-hander’s day after his 64th pitch. Mills sensed Cosart was still pretty amped up to be making his first appearance in a Major League spring game and thought it best to not let things get out of hand and risk injury.

Cosart was one of the marquee names, along with first baseman Jonathan Singleton, in the Hunter Pence trade. He’s been ranked as the Astros’ No. 2 prospect by Baseball America. He’s likely ticketed for Double-A Corpus Christi to start the season.

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Jordan Schafer was originally planning to play in the Astros’ game on Monday in Viera, but he’s been bumped back a day. Schafer sprained his wrist about a week ago and is still slowly working his way back. Tentatively, he’ll play two or three innings when the Astros host the Tigers on Tuesday.

(UPDATE, 3:45 ET): Mills tells reporters Schafer will not play Tuesday. Also, Bud Norris will be given two extra days of rest to ensure his elbow is OK. Norris will now start Friday at home vs. the Braves).

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General manager Jeff Luhnow will appear on the final Astroline of the 2011-12 offseason, joining Milo Hamilton at the ESPN Club at the Disney Boardwalk on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT.

The show can be heard on 740 am KTRH and Astros.com.

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One week from today, the Astros will be on their way to Corpus to play the Hooks in an exhibition game (April 2), and then will head to Houston to get ready for Opening Day (April 6).

In the meantime, there’s still business to finish up in Florida. Enjoy these images from batting practice in Viera Monday morning:

Jose Altuve

Chris Johnson, Scott Moore.

Hitting coach Mike Barnett, JD Martinez.

Radio announcer Dave Raymond interviews Houston Chronicle beat writer Zachary Levine for the pregame show on 790 KBME.

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Morning links: Schafer apologizes, Crane tours Kissimmee, and Manny gets yet another chance.

Jordan Schafer did the smart thing by speaking directly with reporters about his offseason troubles immediately upon arriving to Spring Training on Monday.

Schafer was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop soon after the season ended. He’s currently taking part a court-ordered pretrial intervention in program and if he completes it without incident, his record will be cleared.

In this Brian McTaggart report on MLB.com, Schafer was contrite, apologizing to the Astros for the spot he put them into and thanking them for standing behind him.

“I got caught up in a bad situation, and hopefully I’ve learned from my mistake and moved on and become a better person for it, and hopefully we don’t have any more instances like that,” he said. “Hopefully, I can be a good role model and learn from this.”

Schafer is active on Twitter, and if you follow him, you were able to see first-hand, thanks to the magic of Twitpics, that he was serious when he said he put on 20 pounds of muscle this offseason. You also received this tweet from him as he turned in for the night:

“Goodnight twit fam, busy day n I’m beat. Good to finally get everything off my chest n move on. Thanks 2 all of u 4 the support. Muchluv.”

Other notables:

* George Springer, the Astros’ first-round pick from last year’s Draft, has reported to camp and will be one of a handful of top prospects spending some of the spring with the big league club. Springer won’t make the team this year, but the experience of going through a Major League Spring Training could be valuable for him, as well a few other key figures who could be a big part of the Astros’ future, including Jonathan Singleton, Jonathan Villar and DeLino DeShields, among others.

* For 90 days, Jim Crane, along with his partners, has owned a baseball business. Monday, he finally owned a baseball team, writes the Chronicle’s Zachary Levine. Crane spent the day in Kissimmee on Monday, taking in his first Spring Training. By all accounts, he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I hadn’t been in a locker room in a long time, but you never forget what it’s like.”

* When word traveled through the baseball world that Manny Ramirez was looking to make a comeback, I surmised that 30 of 30 teams would pass on him. After all, he’s turning 40 in May, right around the same time that he’d be eligible to play his first game after serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

I was wrong. Twenty-nine of 30 teams passed on him, leaving just the Oakland A’s ready and willing to take a chance on Manny being Manny. The contract is almost commitment-free: it’s a Minor League deal, which means it’s non-guaranteed, and it’s worth no more than $500,000.

Risk-free, yes. But is it even worth it to take that chance?

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