CHICAGO (AP) - Craig Biggio's playing time could be reduced
during the second half of the season, especially on the road, as
the Houston Astros give Chris Burke a longer look at second base.
Biggio, who got his three-thousandth hit on June 28th, is OK
with the arrangement. That's what manager Phil Garner said today in
Chicago, adding that the plan could change should Biggio go on a
hitting tear. Burke started today at second base and batted leadoff
against the Chicago Cubs.
Biggio -- a 41-year-old second baseman -- is one of the most
popular players in Astros history.
Two years removed from a World Series appearance, the Astros
began play today with a 39-51 record. Biggio, who has not revealed
his plans for after this season, was batting .256 in 81 games.
Burke was hitting .235 in 51 games.
Before today's game, Biggio said -- quote -- "Gar and I are
trying to figure out what is going to be best for everybody, what's
going on. We are going to play in all the games at home, that's a
given. And we'll readjust on the road."