VERO BEACH, Fla. — With it too wet to pitch at the mound area known as "the strings" Sunday morning, Rick Honeycutt went into the Dodgertown shed to test his left shoulder. When he came out, after throwing for 10 minutes, Honeycutt said his shoulder felt "as good as it has all spring."
The plan now for Honeycutt, who was scratched from his first scheduled start last week after complaining of soreness, is to throw again Tuesday, pitch a simulated game Thursday, and, if all goes well, pitch batting practice or in a game this weekend. Honeycutt is attempting to recover from surgery on his shoulder last October.
By Sunday afternoon, the rains had cleared, giving the green-capped Dodgers the chance to beat the green-shirted Houston Astros, 6-5, in a St. Patrick's Day special, Holman Stadium style.
Jerry Reuss went five innings for the first time this spring, and would have coasted if not for Bill Russell's error on a potential double-play ball in Houston's four-run fifth.