Team not looking for help at shortstop

Team not looking for help at shortstop

MILWAUKEE -- With starting shortstop Tommy Manzella out for about five more weeks with a fractured left index finger, the Astros are relying on rookie Oswaldo Navarro and veteran infielder Geoff Blum to split time at shortstop and are not looking outside the organization for help at the position.

"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.