Astros hope off-day workout is slump-buster

The winless Houston Astros held a rare, optional workout on

their day off, hoping to put an 0-7 start behind them.

Manager Brad Mills said nearly every player walked across the

street from the team hotel for a Tuesday practice at Busch

Stadium.

Mills said it was a relaxed atmosphere during the 90-minute

session. He said he got a chance to relieve his frustration by

throwing batting practice.

The Astros entered Wednesday night’s game against St. Louis

trailing the majors in runs (13) and home runs (2).

Mills wasn’t sure what effect it would have on his team, but

figured it couldn’t hurt. By not making it a mandatory workout, he

sent a signal to players that he wasn’t upset with them.