Before joining the American League West, the Houston Astros have a few emergency measures the team must take to ensure the transition goes as smooth as possible.
Having the worst record in MLB in back-to-back seasons has been difficult on fans, but the move to the American League should offer some excitement.
Houston fans will need to get used to reading the day's starting lineups minus the starting pitcher automatically penciled in at the No. 9 spot.
The addition of the designated hitter to the lineup isn't the only change the team will face. American League West teams are built differently from National League Central teams.
The Astros will face harder throwers and deeper rotations. They'll be making road trips to ballparks they've never played in before, and they'll be doing it with an inexperienced group of fresh-faced big leaguers.
Here are a few emergency measures the Astros must take before making their American League debut in 2013.