Santana waits for his opportunity

Santana waits for his opportunity

HOUSTON -- Astros rookie outfielder Domingo Santana has had one plate appearance entering Sunday since being recalled a week ago to replace the injured Jesus Guzman, walking as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Santana went 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts in his debut in July and was promptly sent back down, and it's clear he'll likely be the odd man out when the first injured outfielder from among the trio of Dexter Fowler, Alex Presley or George Springer is activated.

"Even when he came, it was more of we were going to a National League ballpark and Guzman was down and you just don't want to play short going into a National League ballpark where there's double switches," manager Bo Porter said. "You end up with a short bench early in the game and now offensively you mount a comeback and you shoot yourself in the foot because you don't have that extra guy. When you have guys in which you want to continue to see and play well, there's no place for him to play."

Jake Marisnick, acquired in a trade with the Marlins earlier this month, is starting in center field while Dexter Fowler recovers from an injury, and Robbie Grossman has been an on-base machine the last few days. Marc Krauss has hit safely in nine of 12 starts since being recalled July 23.

Brian McTaggart is 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.