"It seems like his timing is a little bit off defensively," Ausmus said. "The balls that he's had issues with, it doesn't look like he can't make the play or won't make the play eventually. It's just that the timing of playing third base as opposed to left field every day is very different. Although he's done it before, you still have to reacclimate yourself to that position."
• Among the former Astros teammates Ausmus saw before Wednesday's game was Craig Biggio. Asked if it felt familiar, Ausmus said, "His beard is grayer. He should call Keith Hernandez about Just For Men."
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