Astros need to replace more than Lowrie's production

Astros need to replace more than Lowrie's production
February 5, 2013, 6:00 pm
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When the Astros moved Jed Lowrie in a five player trade Monday, they lost more than a solid middle infielder with some pop at the plate. They also lost one of the few veterans in the clubhouse.

Losing Lowrie's leadership might turn out to be the biggest loss for the team because there’s no ready answers when it comes to who will fill that void.

“The void that Jed leaves in terms of veteran leadership is going to have to be picked up by other players,” Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday. “(Carlos) Pena, who has already gotten rave reviews from his teammates that hes met about his leadership potential. I think guys like Erik Bedard, if he makes the team, will fill that void as well.”

Luhnow mentioned the possibility of Rick Ankiel as well, but with no guarantee that Bedard or Ankiel will be on the 25-man roster that breaks Kissimmee for Houston in April, it could mean that the leadership would have to come from somewhere besides the player roster.

“That will be part of the role of the Major League staff,” Luhnow said. “We feel like we’ve got a staff that can fill in those gaps if there’s a lack of mentorship or leadership among the players because we’re so young. I think our staff, all of whom played, all of whom are not that far removed from their playing days can provide that.”