Marwin Gonzalez memorizes his position one day at a time.
Gonzalez, the Astros’ versatile veteran, needs to consult a schedule given to him by manager A.J. Hinch and taped to his locker to be sure where he’s playing the following day.
“In spring training he gave me my own schedule,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez played 47 games in left field last season, 38 at shortstop, 31 at first, 22 at second, 19 at third and two in right field. On a team that features AL MVP Jose Altuve, World Series MVP George Springer and Carlos Correa, Gonzalez led the World Series champions with 90 RBIs. He hit .303 with 138 hits, 67 runs and 23 homers, all career bests.
The 28-year-old Gonzalez hit a tying ninth-inning homer off Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in Game 2 of the World Series, helping Houston to a 7-6, 11-inning win.
“He’s one of the most valuable players on our team because of what he can offer and how little of a step back there is when you sit some of the bigger names,” Hinch said.
Gonzalez started at third base in Tuesday’s 10-5 split-squad win over Washington. He hit his first home run of spring training in the first inning. He also walked and doubled.