In non-Pudge/Pedro news, Russ Ortiz and Jose Capellan are ready to duel for SP5 in the rotation. Or if the Astros sign Pedro, they're ready to participate in somewhat meaningless activities.
Ortiz will pitch Friday, Capellan Saturday, and someone's getting bumped out of deference to getting Roy back on his schedule for Opening day.
“They’re going to just continue to go on a regular routine,” Cooper said. “Each one has his own day, and they will continue to go on those times.”
And in Meat Wagon news, Alberto Arias is feeling better and threw a light bullpen session after getting cracked on the knuckles by a Hideki Matsui line drive.