CHICAGO — Myles Straw is still moving around the infield.
The speedy outfielder joined the Astros as their 26th man for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the White Sox.
Straw was only eligible for use in the second game and was scheduled to make his first major league start at second base. Alex Bregman’s scapula soreness scuttled the plan, though, and sent Straw back to his more natural center field position.
Still, Straw started at second base twice for Class AAA Round Rock this month and seems certain to continue his acclimation around the infield.
Despite Straw not playing the infield at any point during his baseball career, the Astros began his exposure to shortstop at the start of this minor league season. Injuries to Carlos Correa and Aledmys Díaz forced Straw into 13 major league starts there.
“Myles will be fine at second,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday. “We’ve worked a lot and he’s played a little bit in AAA at that position. The way we shift, he’s played on the second base side of the infield.”
Straw’s latest major league stint will be brief. Barring an injury during Tuesday’s doubleheader, he will be jettisoned back to Class AAA Round Rock on Wednesday.
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