Snyder happy to be healthy, eager to break out

Snyder happy to be healthy, eager to break out

Snyder happy to be healthy, eager to break out
HOUSTON -- Chris Snyder is confident the offense will come around, like it has for much of his career. The most important thing for him at this point of the season is that he feels healthy after an injury-shortened 2011 and the pitching staff has confidence in what he can do behind the plate.

Snyder began play Thursday hitting .154 (8-for-52) with one homer and six RBIs, but he had a hit in each of his previous two starts.

"For me, it's not something I worry about," he said. "Even as an everyday guy, I never really worried about the first 100 at-bats. The first 100 at-bats is more about trying to put up numbers that can't go down than worrying about your average because it can fluctuate so quickly. You do that and you hit your homers and get guys on base and drive guys in, that's what matters."

The presence of a healthy Snyder and the return of starting catcher Jason Castro from last year's knee injury has stabilized an Astros catching situation that was questionable last year. And that's even without a big offensive output from either guy so far.

"I think it's had a very huge impact," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "Both guys are very good in how they communicate with the pitchers to make sure they're doing their best, not only between the white lines but preparing them before they get out there. That's all big."

That being said, Snyder wouldn't mind breaking out with the bat.

"By no means do I enjoy going 0-for-4," he said. "I want to go 3-for-3 with a walk and three homers every day."