The Astros apparently liked what they saw of infielder Jake Elmore earlier this season when he had a brief stint with the Astros, filling in for second baseman Jose Altuve, who was on the bereavement list.
On Tuesday, the Astros recalled Elmore and first baseman Brett Wallace from Triple A Oklahoma City. From May 14-17, Elmore went 4-for-11 with a double and a RBI over three games for Houston.
“I’m here to prove my worth, and try to help the team win,” said Elmore, whose role will be of utility player.”It feels good to feel the organization has faith in you.
“I think they were pleased with what they saw from my brief three-game stint with them. I want to prove them right.”
At Oklahoma City this year, Elmore was hitting .300 (80-for-267) with 42 runs, 30 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 69 games.
On Monday the Astros optioned shortstop Marwin Gonzalez to Oklahoma City and designated for assignment LHP Wade LeBlanc.
Elmore will see some time at shortstop backing up Ronny Cedeno. He’ll also spell Altuve at second base and Elmore can also play third base and left field.
And with Trevor Crowe on the 15-disabled list, Elmore is now the Astros’ high-energy guy.
“My forte has been to play all over the diamond wherever I’m needed,” said the 26-year-old Elmore, who played 30 games with the Diamondbacks at the end of last season. “I bring energy and can be a spark-plug. That’s been my forte throughout my career.”
Elmore was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday as the Astros and Cardinals started a brief two-game set at Minute Maid Park.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow likes the spark that Elmore brings to the club.
“There’s a 162-game season plus spring training. It’s a little bit of a grind,” said Luhnow. “If you have those guys that can infuse energy into the clubhouse, it makes a big difference in the culture of the clubhouse.”