Hall arrives at Astros camp
Astros second baseman Bill Hall arrived at camp Wednesday morning. He had missed the first three full-squad workouts to be with his fiance, who gave birth to a child last week. Hall greeted manager Brad Mills and then hit the field about 45 minutes after his teammates.
The arrival of Hall gives Mills all 63 players in camp, though infielder Jeff Keppinger (foot) and right-hander Sammy Gervacio (shoulder) are injured.
“We’ve got the full squad and it’s nice having just about everybody healthy and playing and having the good weather enables everybody to get in shape and do the training part of spring, which is real good,” Mills said.
Mills said Hall will work out exclusively at second base, even though he has extensive experience in the outfield. If the Astros have to put Hall in the outfield, that means something has gone wrong. Mills is looking forward to seeing more of Hall defensively.
“I know he has such a strong arm and his ability to turn the double play is pretty good,” he said. “I know he’s quick and covers a lot of ground defensively.”
Here are a few quick photos of Hall taking the field: