{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Porter likes results from reformed outfield

Porter likes results from reformed outfield

|
Porter likes results from reformed outfield

ANAHEIM -- Astros manager Bo Porter has settled into an outfield configuration of Robbie Grossman in left, Brandon Barnes in center and L.J. Hoes in right, with Mark Krauss getting occasional starts in right. Chris Carter, who started in left to begin the year, has been limited to designated-hitting duties since his last appearance in the outfield July 25.

"It's good to have the flexibility on your roster knowing he can do it, but when he was playing the outfield early in the year, our roster construction was totally different," Porter said. "You look at the construction we have now, I like the fact we have three guys out there who have the capability of playing center field and have the range of a center fielder. You look at our pitching staff, and I think it has gotten better because overall the defense has been better."

Carter, who leads the team with 23 homers and 61 RBIs while hitting .213, has started 107 games, including 31 at first base, 36 in left field, 38 at designated hitter and two in right field.

"He'll DH and play more first base than he would with the current roster construction we have," Porter said. "If that roster construction was to change, it's good having the flexibility of knowing he can go play the outfield given a different situation. Just like [Brett] Wallace can play third base. You look at the way Matt Dominguez has played third base, and you don't want to move him from over there because he's playing such a good third base."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com 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.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español