Astros’ schedule may be affected by Tropical Storm Harvey

With the catastrophic rains of Tropical Storm Harvey inundating much of southeastern Texas, it is unclear if the Astros will play baseball this week.

The Astros are slated to host the Rangers for a three-game set starting Tuesday and the Mets over the weekend, but the organization is yet to confirm if the games will be as Harvey is expected to linger over the area for a few more days.

“At this point, our focus is on the safety of our fans, our players, and their families and our front office staff and their families,” Astros President of Business Operation Reid Ryan said.

“As we continue to monitor the conditions, we have been in communication with Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers and will provide an update on Monday.”

The Astros have not been home at Minute Maid Ballpark since Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall on Friday night.

The Astros have not been home at Minute Maid Ballpark since Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall on Friday night.

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The Astros and Rangers canceled their plans to travel to Houston on Sunday night, according to the Associated Press. Both teams spent the weekend in California playing scheduled road series and are flying to Dallas instead to await an official decision on if the Astros’ home games for the week will be played. 

“We’re going to fly to Dallas and really just sit there and wait to see what happens,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Really, I think everything is up in the air. We might get to Houston sometime in the next couple of days and play. We might not, so I don’t know what’s possible.

“The most important thing is (that) baseball is secondary right now,” Hinch added. “Our schedule, our flight times, where we’re going to be, the buses, like all that stuff is meaningless compared to what everybody is suffering through.”

Minute Maid Park, where the Astros play, does have a retractable roof, but it is not known if the stadium has been as severely affected as other buildings in the area have.

The storm has reportedly claimed the lives of five people. Forecasters believe the region can see as much as 40 inches of rain over the next few days.

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