Carter arrives at camp eager for regular at-bats

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Chris Carter, who was acquired from the A's in a Feb. 4 trade, arrived in camp Friday morning and said he's ready to take on the challenge of playing left field.

Carter came up as an outfielder in 2010 with Oakland, but he has been limited to playing mostly first base and designated hitter recently. He played 39 games in the outfield during his Minor League career, also getting time at right field and third base.

"It's a good opportunity for me to play every day and help the team win and have a better season than we did last year," he said.

The soft-spoken Carter, who has been traded three times since he was drafted by the White Sox in 2005, was in his hometown of Las Vegas working out when he found out he was traded. He had to get his car shipped to Florida and wrap his mind around his first Spring Training in Florida.

"It was nice to come over here," said Carter, who hit .239 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in only 67 games for the A's last year. "They're in a rebuilding stage, and it's good to be a part of that."

Expect the Astros to give Carter as many at-bats as he can handle, regardless of position.

"We're expecting great things out of Chris," manager Bo Porter said. "He put together some really good power numbers in Oakland in a limited amout of at-bats, and he was a huge part of the trade. We expect him to come in and produce in the middle of the lineup."