"We're comfortable giving Geoff playing time over there and as is the case with [Chris] Johnson and [Jason] Bourgeois and [Jason] Castro, we have to find out about Ozzie," general manager Ed Wade said. "He's only about 26 years old, and if he can show the steady play he showed at [Triple-A] Round Rock at this level, then it behooves us to give him a shot instead of somebody with experience that doesn't carry the upside because of age or whatever.
"Right now we're not actively looking for a shortstop. That said, if something came along we thought would make sense, we'd pursue it."
Navarro was recalled from Round Rock when Manzella went on the 15-day disabled list. He was hitting .298 with four homers and 26 RBIs and a .400 on-base percentage in 44 games for the Express. The Astros signed him to a Minor League contract in December.