Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick was kept out of the starting lineup in Friday night’s first game of a three-game set against division rivals, the Oakland A’s. Marisnick sat mostly for precautionary reasons after dealing with what has been described as right leg discomfort during Wednesday’s game, a 3-2 loss at Seattle, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Off the bench, the Astros inserted outfielder Robbie Grossman into the lineup to replace Marisnick in the batting order. Grossman would play left field and Colby Rasmus, a center fielder most of his career, moved from left to center to play in Marisnick’s spot in the field.
Marisnick has emerged as a pleasant surprise for the Astros this season and has made center field his home. He has started 13 of the Astros 15 games there this season and is batting a team-best .389 with one triple, one home run, two doubles, five RBI, six runs and four stolen bases in his last 12 games. Marisnick also leads the Astros in OBP (.400) and OPS (.925).
Marisnick was acquired from Miami by Houston in July last season, along with RHP Frances Martes, infielder Colin Moran and a 2015 Competitive Balance Round A pick in exchange for RHP Jarred Cosart, infielder/outfielder Kiké Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates.
The outfielder has spent parts of the last three seasons in the Majors with Miami (2012-2013) and Houston (2014). He is a career .227 hitter in 105 Major League appearances.
The Houston Astros defeated the Oakland A’s by the score of 5-4 in 11 innings and improve to 9-7 on the season with a game and a half lead over the second place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.