Known for offense, Laird showing worth on field

Known for offense, Laird showing worth on field

HOUSTON -- Playing third base in place of Matt Dominguez on Monday, Brandon Laird made a couple of fine plays defensively at the hot corner.

Laird, who is known more for his hitting, was called up by the Astros last Thursday when slumping Brett Wallace was sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Laird did not make the Astros out of the spring despite batting .328 in Spring Training. In 12 games at Oklahoma City this year, Laird was batting .353 with 14 RBIs.

Astros manager Bo Porter has started Laird at first base twice since being called up.

"He said they want me to play first, third, and want me to work in the outfield," Laird said. "Hopefully, pretty soon I'll see a couple of games out there. That's four positions. Any way to get my bat in the lineup."

Laird came up in the Minor Leagues as a third baseman and feels comfortable at first base, too.

"I want to show them I can play any position," Laird said, adding, "I know my bat's going to be there."

Laird gives Porter options. Porter said Laird would be in the starting lineup Wednesday, either at first base or designated hitter.

"He can play both corner infield positions," Porter said. "He can DH, he's had success against left-handed pitching. And we're going to give him an opportunity to get in the lineup at different stages."

Richard Dean is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.