PHILADELPHIA -- Derek Fisher's previous trip to Citizens Bank Park prior to Tuesday night came during the 2011 postseason in his senior year of high school. He drove the 90 miles from his home in Lebanon, Pa., to watch Roy Halladay throw a no-hitter in the playoffs.As great as that
PHILADELPHIA -- Derek Fisher's previous trip to Citizens Bank Park prior to Tuesday night came during the 2011 postseason in his senior year of high school. He drove the 90 miles from his home in Lebanon, Pa., to watch Roy Halladay throw a no-hitter in the playoffs.
As great as that memory was for Fisher, his performance Tuesday for the Astros will stand out in his mind even more. Fisher, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno late Monday and had to fly across country to join the Astros, had a two-run single in the sixth inning and made two nice catches in center field in the Astros' 5-0 win over the Phillies.
"It's been a whirlwind, just like any other time anybody changes scenery," said Fisher, who was nearly dealt to the Phillies in the Ken Giles trade after the 2015 season. "Being able to get here before the game started, it's even better I was in the lineup the second I showed up."
Fisher, Houston's No. 4 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, was called up when relief pitcher James Hoyt was optioned to Fresno on Monday, giving Astros manager A.J. Hinch an extra bench player for two games in a National League park. What's more, outfielder George Springer might not play until Friday after suffering quad discomfort early in Monday's 13-4 win. Fisher hit .278 (5-for-18) with two homers in five games with the Astros in mid-June in his Major League debut.
"Fish comes up and makes a really big impression the first go-round and comes back and is immediately in the middle of everything," Hinch said. "You're going to need depth the whole season, and we're proving it, but these guys all feel a part of it."
Fisher ran down an Odubel Herrera fly ball in deep center field and caught it as he crashed into the wall to end the first. He made a nice running catch in center to end the second inning. His two-run single in the sixth put the Astros ahead, 5-0.
"It was fun," the rookie said. "There were a lot of people here. High school coaches and teammates and guys I went to school with. It was a lot of fun, just to show to them that it's possible. Just continue to have the possibility of playing the game you love and good things can happen."
At this point, it's unclear how long Fisher will stay up. The Astros are expected to activate ace lefty Dallas Keuchel and relief pitcher Will Harris this weekend in Detroit, which means there will be some roster reshuffling.
"As I told him, I don't know what's next," Hinch said. "We're trying to put our best team out there. With George having a little bit of an issue, I'm not going to play him. We didn't want to play short in the National League. Fish arguably should have been up here a long time ago. He really had no reason to go down. He was a Major Leaguer that was playing in Triple-A, so we wanted him to come up for the first opportunity that made sense. Could be for two days, could be for the rest of his career for all I know."
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.**.