Grossman: ‘If I played better, it wouldn’t matter.’

Two weeks after Astros manager Bo Porter said Robbie Grossman would get every chance to prove he was his starting center fielder, the team optioned the outfielder to Triple-A Oklahoma City following Monday’s 3-2 win over the Rockies.

Grossman, who was called up April 24, went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts on Monday to drop his batting average to .198 and on-base percentage to .310. He started 26 of 28 games, mostly in the lead-off spot.

“Just part of the game, part of the business,” Grossman said as he left Minute Maid Park. “If I played better it wouldn’t matter, but it is what it is.”

The team is planning to call up right-hander Brad Peacock, giving them an extra arm heading into Coors Field later this week.

Grossman was acquired by the Astros in last year’s trade that sent pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to the Pirates. A Houston-area native, he hit .324 with a .452 on-base percentage in 19 games for Oklahoma City before being called up.

“They said to go down there and keep playing hard,” Grossman said.

The move could open the door for Brandon Barnes, who won Monday’s game with a walk-off win in the 12th inning, to get more playing time. Center fielder Justin Maxwell, who fractured his hand last month, could return soon and will begin a rehab later this week. Trevor Crowe has also played well in his limited chances.

5 Comments

Grossman will be back, if not by the end of June-July, by the end of August.
He just needs to work on his bat. Barnes has done more than enough to qualify for the everyday lineup. His glove is WAAAAAAY better than Paredes, and so is his bat!
Crow is a AAA fill in at age 30, there is nothing left to prove, and could be used in a platoon with Barnes. I hear Josh Fields is working his way back up, and not a day
too soon. This bullpen is lacking another arm BIG time.

You go Becky!

Grossman got sent down because of the inexperience of a rookie manager. Have been wondering all year why you pick a rookie manager to manage the youngest team in baseball when you need someone with experience in developing younger players. But those experienced guys. Managers and players cost money and Crane isn’t going to spend any. He’s already moved his Triple A team to Houston.

Hoping Robbie doesn’t get discouraged over the move and continues to work while in OKC. He’ll be back!

Well I too hope Robbie is back soon. I’m quickly learning not to trust everything Bo Porter has to say. Unfortunately as a first year manager we will continue to hear what the club wants him to say. Still trying to figure out how Carter and Pena keep their jobs with the Astro’s? Especially Pena. If you are going to commit to being a young club then get rid of the relics. I mean that specifically from a baseball perspective and not a personal one as I hear he is a pretty good guy but he doesn’t fit on this club. Play the kids.

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