Francisco welcomes opportunity with Houston

Francisco welcomes opportunity with Houston

PHOENIX -- Newly acquired outfielder Ben Francisco made his first start as a member of the Astros on Saturday against the D-backs. The club's initial plan is to use him in right field against left-handed pitchers.

"I just think it's a good opportunity to play and re-establish myself," Francisco said. "In Toronto this year, I had a little of bit of a hamstring injury, and I didn't get as much of a chance to play."

Francisco, who batted .244 in 23 games for Toronto, hit a single in his Houston debut as a late-inning substitution on Friday, a few hours after he was traded by the Blue Jays, along with Francisco Cordero, as part of a 10-player deal.

He has a career batting average of .260 in parts of six seasons with the Indians, Phillies, Blue Jays and Astros. In 2009 he and Cliff Lee were traded from Cleveland to Philadelphia near the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline for four players.

"I'm kind of getting used to it now," he said. "It's part of the game, and you understand that anybody can get traded. You miss your friends, but baseball is baseball, and you try to do your best for the new team. It was kind of cool getting traded with Coco, so [I'm] not the only new guy."