Within McTaggart's recap of today's practice, we find out a few things:
-Pitchers will throw live BP tomorrow for the first time. Today was the first day the hitters took BP.
Each pitcher will throw live batting practice every other day before getting a couple of days off and playing an intra-squad game March 3, on the eve of the Grapefruit League opener against the Washington Nationals. Among those scheduled to throw live batting practice on Thursday will be Roy Oswalt, Matt Lindstrom, Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers.
-The Astros have agreed to $400,000 deals with Wilton Lopez and Fernando Abad (kind of hard not to go ahead and get him signed after today's article)
The deadline to sign players to a contract who are on the 40-man roster is next Wednesday.
Those on the 40-man roster who have not signed contracts for 2010:
Jose Valdez, Wesley Wright, Edwin Maysonet, Wladimir Sutil. If I'm wrong about these, let me know.
UPDATE: Bernardo Fallas says the following players have yet to agree: Manzella, Wright, Maysonet, and Bud Norris.