After playing right, Paredes shifts over to left field

After playing right, Paredes shifts over to left field

PITTSBURGH -- Jimmy Paredes, who has been starting in right field since the Astros called him up a week ago, made his first start in left field Tuesday against the Pirates. The spacious left field at PNC Park will give Paredes plenty of room to roam.

Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco didn't want to play Paredes in left field at Minute Maid Park just yet because of the nuances of the scoreboard, which produces strange caroms and presents other challenges.

"This way he has more ground to cover, and it's not a wall you're going to be afraid of," DeFrancesco said.

Paredes, who played for much of this season at second base in the Minor Leagues before the Astros decided to move him to the outfield, could still wind up in center field by the end of the season.

"We want him to get comfortable and make sure ground balls are fielded the right way and that there's no extra stress on the kid," DeFrancesco said. "Moving around year after year kind of gets overwhelming at times, so we're just going to try to make him comfortable."