Changing routine on third day of camp
Now that all the pitchers have thrown off the mound once, Friday’s third day of camp comes with some subtle changes on the back fields. The first group of pitchers will be back on the mound again, but the pitchers will be doing different fieldings drills — such as covering the plate on wild pitches instead of working on covering first base — than they did the first two days.
“It’s always an interesting day,” Astros manager Brad Mills said.”We have a few changes we’ve made the third and fourth day, but for the mere fact they’ve gone through their rotations before, they have an idea. They’ve done a great job these first two days.”
Here are the pitchers scheduled to throw on the bullpen mounds today: Brett Myers, Jeff Fulchino, Henry Villar, Jordan Lyles, Sergio Escalona, J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, Wesley Wright, Arecenio Leon, Aneury Rodriguez, Wandy Rodriguez, Wilton Lopez, Fernando Abad, Lance Pendleton and Fernando Rodriguez.
More position players are expected to arrive today, though none had reported by the time the pitchers and catchers hit the field on a warm and sunny Friday morning. Most will be here by Saturday, which is the day before the first full-squad workout.
And now for the picture of the morning. Yesterday, I posted a picture of Escalona wearing No. 44 formerly worn by Roy Oswalt. Below you’ll see Gustavo Chacin warming up and wearing jersey No. 27, which belonged to Geoff Blum the past few years (notice the ferris wheel in the background).