Versatile Wallace excited to be back in Majors

Versatile Wallace excited to be back in Majors

MILWAUKEE -- Brett Wallace was fully aware Astros fans had been clamoring for him to be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City since Carlos Lee was traded to the Marlins on July 4, but Wallace tried to focus on the task at hand and stay productive.

When the Astros traded Chris Johnson to the D-backs on Sunday, the fans -- and Wallace -- got their wish. Wallace joined the club Monday in Milwaukee, where he was put into the cleanup hole. Wallace hit .300 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs in 86 games in Triple-A this year.

"People have been very supportive on Twitter," Wallace said. "It's awesome to have that support from the fans, and I'm excited to be back and looking forward to getting out there. Honestly, I just tried to keep my head down and keep working. You [can't] get caught up in trying to play GM."

Wallace appeared in 11 games for the Astros earlier this year when Lee was on the disabled list, and since Wallace was sent back down, he was hitting .352 at Oklahoma City. He's also seen time at shortstop, appearing in nine games at the position. The Astros plan to play him at first or third base, but he could fill in at shortstop.

"When we got back from the [All-Star] break, Marwin [Gonzalez] wasn't able to play the first day back and they asked me if I was comfortable trying it, and I did," Wallace said. "We kept winning games when I was playing there. I'm obviously willing to do whatever it takes for us to win."

Wallace said he hadn't played shortstop since early in his high school career, and he credited Angel Sanchez with helping him get comfortable at the position.