Springer, Santana return to familiar positions

Springer, Santana return to familiar positions

ANAHEIM -- With Dexter Fowler on the disabled list and the Astros facing a left-hander Friday night, Astros manager Bo Porter used the opportunity to put rookies George Springer in center field and Domingo Santana in right field -- the positions they played mostly throughout the Minor Leagues.

"It will be fun," Springer said. "I'm excited to be out there. I'll have fun."

Springer and Santana are no strangers, having played alongside each other in center and right, respectively, since they were at Class A Lancaster. Springer was moved to right field after the Astros traded for Fowler last offseason, and Santana's first two starts in the big leagues came in left field.

"I told George a couple of days ago to make sure that he doesn't go without shagging in center [during batting practice]," Porter said. "He goes, 'Oh no, I make sure I keep sharp.' It's exciting to get him out there. Santana has played more right field than left field, but when George is in right, he's going to play left."

Springer said he's looking forward to seeing Santana's rocket arm from right field.

"He's played right his whole life and he understands how to play it, so he'll be good," Springer said.

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.