Mills in favor of extra playoff team

Add Astros manager Brad Mills to the list of people that like the idea of baseball perhaps adding another team to the playoffs.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward a Thursday deadline to expand the playoffs by adding two additional Wild Card teams overall, creating a one-game first-round playoff in each league, beginning with the 2012 postseason.

“It’s going to be good for the all the fans,” said Mills, who spent six years as bench coach of the Red Sox before coming to Houston. “Even though you’re adding one more spot, you’re creating a lot of interest for more teams in both leagues.  I’m definitely in favor of that. If I’m not mistaken, it’s going to be a one-game playoff, and those are always fun.”

By the way, the Astros would have made the playoffs in 1995 had the two Wild Card teams in each league been in effect.

Astros left-handed relief pitcher Sergio Escalona, who injured his elbow swinging a bat early in camp, was examined by team doctors Thursday and was scheduled to undergo an MRI, manager Brad Mills said.

Escalona’s elbow didn’t respond as well as the Astros would like following his live batting practice session Wednesday.

“Escalona’s arm, after he threw yesterday, just wasn’t where he feels it needs to be and really our doctors and staff feels it needs to be,” Mills said. “We’re going to get him some more tests on that to see where he’s at, so he’s probably not going to throw for a while with that.”

Here is the day in pictures:

Brett Wallace follows through.

J.D. Martinez takes a break to laugh during BP.

Bud Norris fires a pitch during live BP.

Jed Lowrie, Travis Buck and bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte.

Fernando Rodriguez warms up in the bullpen.




Nice pictures but you have 63 players in camp, how come only 10 or so get their pictures taken day in and day out? Lets see some of the other players.

Who would you like to see?

Some of the new faces in the organization.

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