Astros pitchers, catchers work out

February 14, 2008 8:19:03 PM PST
Astros pitchers and catchers completed their first workout Thursday morning in Kissimmee, Fla. The team's first full-squad workout will be on Tuesday.Pitchers who worked out Thursday included ace Roy Oswalt; Doug Brocail; Wandy Rodriguez; and Oscar Villarreal. Overall, 14 pitchers threw off the mound.

"I'm pretty excited," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "It is good to see the guys, see them throwing and running. Now I'm ready for next week to see the position players. Overall, everything went smooth. Today, we got to come out here and work the kinks out so we can come out here (Friday) and really get to work."

"The best thing is that we have depth," Cooper said of his pitching staff. "We have guys that we can count on and guys that have been around. Roy is going to be our guy at the top and after that we have guys like Woody (Williams) and (Brandon) Backe that have been around; Wandy also has a lot of innings under his belt.

"Our bullpen is very deep. I'm excited to get some of the guys into game situations so that they can begin to compete for their spots," Cooper said.

Notes: Astros single-game tickets for the 2008 regular season at Minute Maid Park will go on sale beginning Friday at 9am. Tickets can be purchased at the ballpark box office on Texas Avenue or by phone toll free at 877-9ASTROS (877-927-8767) ... The Astros will travel to Winter Haven, Fla., to face the Cleveland Indians on Feb. 28 at 1:05pm in the opening game of Grapefruit League play ... The Astros will host their first game at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee vs. the Indians in an afternoon matchup on Feb. 29 at 1:05pm.

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