Elmore 'pumped' to get another chance

Elmore 'pumped' to get another chance
July 1, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Jake Elmore was brought up on June 25.

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Jake Elmore had a two-run throwing error in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Angeles. On Saturday Elmore had two throwing errors against the Angeles.

But on Monday, the 26-year-old was back at shortstop and leading off for the Astros as they began a four-game home series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Elmore, who had two hits on Sunday and reached base three times, was appreciative of the opportunity to get right back on the field. Monday marks the fourth straight game Elmore has started at shortstop.

“It’s awesome. I came in here today and saw may name in the lineup, I’m pumped about it,” said Elmore. “I’m pumped to prove that the first couple of games throwing the ball was a fluke.”

Elmore had a talk with Eduardo Perez, the bench coach for the Astros who works with the infielders.

“He said my foot work was off on some of the stuff and we watched it on video,” said Elmore. “It’s awesome in getting to prove the first couple of days was a fluke, because it’s rough if you have to sit back and not play and just think about it.”

Elmore was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 25. In his first stint with the Astros this season Elmore was 4-for-11 over three games filling in at second base for Jose Altuve, who was on the bereavement list. Porter wants to see what Elmore can do at shortstop over a longer period of time.

“When you make a commitment to give a guy an opportunity, it can’t be a wishy-washy position, you have to really give him an opportunity,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “As an organization, we’ve stood firmly behind all of our guys in giving them opportunities.

“At the end of the day we’re able to take enough information and make a good evaluation on what the player has shown us.”

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