Schafer back in lineup after meeting with Mills

Schafer back in lineup after meeting with Mills

Schafer back in lineup after meeting with Mills
HOUSTON -- Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer, who was pulled from Wednesday's game for manager Brad Mills called "behavioral reasons," returned to the lineup Friday against the Brewers. Mills and Schafer were able to talk it over Thursday and are ready to look ahead.

"Everything's good," Schafer said. "We're on the same page and everything will be alright."

When asked what Mills wants to see out of him, Schafer said: "I just need to go out and play hard and the rest will take care of itself. We had a good talk yesterday and we'll be OK going forward."

Schafer, one of four players the Astros acquired a year ago in the Michael Bourn trade with the Braves, hasn't performed as well the last two months as he did earlier in the season. He was hitting .214 with a .285 on-base percentage in his 33 games prior to Friday. He batted .262 with a .352 on-base percentage in his first 29 games.

"I've been kind of lost the last month," Schafer said. "It's hasn't been fun, but hopefully I can take a break and get away and clear my mind out a little bit and get back to how I was performing the first month, month-and-a-half of the year."

Mills sees Schafer as bursting with potential and wants him to utilize those skills.

"He's an asset to any ballclub when he does that, and that's what we're trying to get out of him on a consistent basis," Mills said. "It's not just him. That's part of being a Major League player, is being able to make those adjustments and learn what it's going to take on a daily basis to get to where you need to get."