Jake Elmore’s versatility has made him a valuable asset for Bo Porter and after Tuesday’s game in Seattle, about the only hat Elmore hasn’t worn yet for the Astros this year is the manager’s.
Elmore entered the game as a pinch hitter for Brandon Barnes in the ninth inning, singling to left, but it’s when he took the field in the bottom of the inning that Barnes made history, having played every position on the field for the Astros this year.
“I think it’s awesome,” Porter said after the game. “It’s actually something that our bench coach Eduardo Perez brought to my attention a week and a half or so ago and we said we were going to try to find a situation where he can do it.”
Elmore didn’t just stand out there, though, he fielded his only chance, a fly ball off the bat of Brad Miller.
“Elmore is a guy who goes out and shags (fly balls) every day,” Porter said. “He is a guy that can technically play all 9 positions and it was good for him to be able to do that.”