Rain dampens Astros' workout

Hitters forced inside; Hinch instructs on signs

Rain dampens Astros' workout

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Steady morning rains soaked the back fields at Osceola County Stadium on Saturday and forced the Astros to work inside the batting cages.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the rain day wasn't necessarily a bad thing, considering no pitchers were scheduled to throw live batting practice. The hitters were able to take swings in the cage, and the pitchers were able to play catch under a roof as well.

"It's an acceptable weather day," Hinch said. "I hope it's not a pattern, though."

Hinch said the only thing the Astros lost Saturday was a team fundamental drill that will be rescheduled. Right-hander Brad Peacock, who's on a different schedule than the rest of the pitchers because he's coming off surgery, was scheduled to throw a bullpen session.

"We'll get a little bit of work in in different ways," Hinch said. "We utilize the cage, any sort of window to get on the field and play catch. It will be a low physical activity day just based on the weather and the fields' availability."

The Astros were able to begin implementing signs to be used in games this spring for defense and baserunning.

"It's pretty easy," Hinch said of the signs. "It's more of just getting their minds thinking about it. Usually what you do is you build it very basic and it grows as it gets to the season, but there's some common denominators. There's a lot of them. We're not going to drop them all on one day, but you have to start thinking about the game a little bit."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.