Jonathan Singleton in today’s lineup against Strasburg and the Nationals


A few of the Astros top prospects will be making the trip today when the team travels to Viera to face Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. Among them — suspended first-baseman Jonathan Singleton. Although Singleton will have to sit out the first 50 games of the regular season, he is allowed to work out, travel, and even play with the team during Spring Training.

Singleton will be in today’s starting lineup against one of the best pitchers in the league. Astros manager Bo Porter said Carlos Correa, Domingo Santana, and “a couple of pitchers” would also be heading to Viera with the big league club. Porter wants to give a few of his regulars a day off. Not only does this give the young guys a chance to play alongside the big leaguers, it also gives Porter the opportunity to see them play up close and personal. So it’s win, win.

Lucas Harrell will be back on the mound for Houston. The Astros ace missed his last start with a strained groin. Harrell says he feels fine and the injury isn’t serious.

When asked about Harrell, Porter told The Houston Chronicle‘s Jose de Jesus Ortiz:

"We’re going to just basically take it inning by inning and see what his pitch count is and then make a decision as the game presents itself. He’s had some good side sessions, but at the same time he missed a turn, but we will lean on the side of being careful."

Tonight’s game is scheduled for 5:00 Central and can be seen on tape delay at 7:00 on MLB Network.

Stephen Strasburg (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)