Pitchers and catchers hit the field for Day 2
Under sunny skies and with temperatures rising to close to 80 degrees, Astros pitchers and catchers took the field Thursday for the second day of workouts. There were the usual fielding and bunting drills, and the 15 pitchers who didn’t throw Wednesday were scheduled to get on the mound for the first time.
“It’s always good to see the guys throw for the first time and now group two will come out and throw for their first session,” manager Brad Mills said. “There’s probably more guys in this group that I haven’t seen before so I’m going to kind of watch them throw a little bit more than I was yesterday.
“That’s always exciting and neat because you sit down and you go over reports and you see guys and all of a sudden you just want to make sure everything’s all set.”
Matt Downs, who’s vying for a utility infield role, became the latest position player to report to camp ahead of Sunday’s mandatory reporting date. Check back later today for more updates. For now, here is the morning picture of the day, and it’s a weird one. That’s left-hander Sergio Escalona wearing Roy Oswalt‘s old No. 44. Just doesn’t look right, does it?