HOUSTON -

If JJ Watt wasn't playing football, he might be playing baseball.

The Houston Texans star participated in batting practice with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday afternoon.

It took Watt a few minutes to warm up, but he was soon hitting the ball out of the park.

"Started out rusty, found my groove near the end. Thanks to the @astros for having me out at batting practice today," Watt wrote on Twitter.

The Houston Astros will play the Chicago Cubs on Friday night in an exhibition game. The team will open the 2013 regular season at home against the Texas Rangers at 7:05 p.m.