Carter given day off; Crowe gets nod in center

Carter given day off; Crowe gets nod in center

HOUSTON -- Chris Carter, who went 1-for-11 in the three-game series against Oakland, was out of the starting lineup Monday, but manager Bo Porter said it had more to do with trying to give Trevor Crowe another chance to start in center field.

"He played really well [Sunday], and we have a lefty going tomorrow [Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa], so it will be a dominant right-handed lineup. So we had Crowe in there today," Porter said.

Carter leads the Majors with 74 strikeouts in 169 at-bats and hasn't homered since May 12, but Porter said that's part of the growing pains of a young hitter.

"He's figuring out himself and the league and what they're trying to do to him," he said. "We know the power potential is there. You do want more consistent contact as time goes on, and Chris is going to get all those things figured out and we're going to be patient and allow him to figure those things out."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.