How Houston Astros brass is finally addressing the elephant in the room

Houston Astros outfielder Chas McCormick is having a nice start to the 2023 season, but the presence of Jake Meyers has caused McCormick's playing time to diminish.

Astros GM Dana Brown spoke about the time-share in center field and said getting everyone enough playing time to stay ready can be tough this time of year, especially if a player gets hot. When a player is heating up at the plate, it can be difficult to sit that player and stick to the plan.

Be sure to check out the video above as we react to Brown's comments, and share our thoughts on why the Astros can't afford to sit Chas at this point in the season.

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The Houston Astros haven't counted on their catchers to deliver much offensive production in recent years, with defensive specialist Martin Maldonado being their primary catcher for the last few seasons. But top hitting prospect Yainer Diaz is making a case to get more playing time behind the plate and at first, based on his ability to swing the bat.

Until recently, he hasn't been able to get any meaningful playing time. Even David Hensley, who was optioned to Sugar Land a few weeks ago, has more plate appearances than Diaz this season.

So how does manager Dusty Baker find more opportunities for Diaz? Should he use him more often as a DH, along with getting time at first base and catcher?

And what does that mean for Jose Abreu, Martin Maldonado, and to a lesser extent, former first round pick and Sugar Land Space Cowboy catcher, Korey Lee?

Plus, considering how good the Astros outfielders have been this year, does the team need to grab another bat before the trade deadline?

Don't miss the video above as we break it all down!

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