Bogusevic battling for CF spot
Astros manager Brad Mills shed some light on his outfield situation Monday, saying Brian Bogusevic will be given a look in center field because of his athleticism and the presence of Jack Cust and Travis Buck in right field. Bogusevic started most of the games in right after Hunter Pence was traded last year.
Battling Bogusevic for playing time in center are Jordan Schafer and J.B. Shuck, as well as Jason Bourgeois.
“We’re looking at moving Bogie over there and having him get some time in center field,” Mills said. “We’ve got quite a few guys playing those different positions and all are capable, and we’ve seen them have success at some point last year or the year before. It’s going to be fun to see them go through it.”
Mills said they’re looking for Bogusevic to step up and be a starter.
“His ability gives him the opportunity to be able to play center or right, but we want this guy to step up and be an everyday starter for us and there’s reason he won’t be able to,” Mills said. “We all saw what he can do at times last year.”
Cust will play in left and right and will get some ground balls at first base. Top prospect Jonathan Singleton will also get some time in the outfield, Mills said.
Regarding Schafer, Mills said: “He seems like he’s on a mission.”
Mills said veteran Livan Hernandez will start the team’s Grapefruit League opener Saturday against Washington, his former team. Left-hander J.A. Happ will start Sunday against the Nationals in Viera, Fla. The rest of the rotation remains up in the air.