KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- With the World Baseball Classic adding an extra week to the length of Spring Training, the pitchers who reported Monday know they have to take it easy. They'll have close to seven weeks to get ready for the start of the season.
That means there's plenty of time for bullpen sessions, live batting practice and game action.
"You have to take your time," right-hander Bud Norris said. "You have seven weeks down here. It's not being ready for the first day of camp to throw a 100-pitch game, it's just really taking your time and getting your throwing program and workout program dialed in, and that's going to carry you through September and October, hopefully."
General manager Jeff Luhnow said that with 61 players, the Astros have one of the smallest Spring Training rosters in baseball. Combined with the fact they have seven weeks to settle on a roster, it's an ideal situation.
"For us, that's a good formula because we really want to take our time and be sure everybody gets enough of a look," he said. "Our philosophy is going to be as soon as we know someone is not on the club, we'll send them out because we want to allocate that playing time to the ones that are left."