Day 4: Clemens works with Astros pitchers

With almost all of the position players have reported to camp Wednesday, the Astros will hit the field Thursday for the first full-squad workout of the spring. There was no shortage of news Wednesday, with the arrival of Roger Clemens, a calf injury to Jesse Crain and news Japhet Amador wasn’t reporting.

Many position players have been here for days, hitting in the cages and on the field in groups later in the day. They’ll be hard at it Thursday doing defensive drills and conditioning working along with the pitchers and catchers, who have four days of camp under their belts.

“When you have this many guys show up early, it almost feels like you’ve had a full workout just because we had so many guys that are here,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “I just got finished commending the position players. It’s not every day you have pretty much your entire contingent of position players show up two, three, four days early and have the type of workouts and size of workouts they’ve been able to have.

“I think after we’ve had so many guys here already, it almost feels like we’ve had the whole team here.”

One player who had yet to report to camp as of 1 p.m. ET Wednesday was first baseman Jonathan Singleton, who was expected to be on the field Thursday.

“I think he will be here,” Porter said. “One of the guys told me they went to call him and the phone went to voice mail, so they think he’s on his way here on a flight. … I commend those guys who came in early, but at the same time it is voluntary and you don’t have to be here until Thursday.”

Porter will have different groups of position players lead the daily “break point” drills, when the players are given an in-game scenario to execute at the end of workouts. And like last year, there will be the daily shaking of hands on the field reminiscent of what takes place when the Astros win.

“We’re looking forward to it as a staff, and I’m pretty sure the players will be excited about it,” he said

Porter said he plans to address the full squad Thursday like he did five days earlier when pitchers and catchers worked out for the first time. Owner Jim Crane is not expected to be in camp Thursday to talk to the team.

“I’ve said this to the catchers and pitchers and the position players will hear the same message tomorrow,” Porter said. “The training wheels are off. It’s either you can ride a bike without training wheels or you’ll find down and we’ll pick you up and get you on your way.”

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Clemens with Castro, Cosart

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Hitting coordinator Jeff Albert and hitting coach John Mallee

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Pitchers throwing bullpens

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Jerome Williams and Roger Clemens

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David Stearns, Jeff Luhnow and Bo Porter watch workouts

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Roger Clemens and Lucas Harrell

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Rudy Owens

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Pitching coach Brent Strom and Roger Clemens

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Jerome Williams

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Lucas Harrell

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Roger Clemens holds court

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Pitching coach Brent Strom gets animated

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Kevin Chapman warms up

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Bo Porter and Roger Clemens

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Roger Clemens watches Lucas Harrell

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Carlos Munoz

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