BY JEFF FALK
Up and down. Back and forth. In and out.
He certainly knows the road to Houston. But for Derek Fisher, it’s more about the destination than the journey.
On May 25th, the Houston Astros recalled the Lebanon native from Class AAA Round Rock Express. It marked the sixth time in Fisher’s five-year professional baseball career that he had been called to the major leagues from Class AAA.
Obviously, Fisher is hoping it will be the last.
Since being recalled, Fisher has started every game for a Houston club currently battling injuries, mostly in left and right field. Over those nine games, he has hit .250 with a home run, five RBIs, four walks, two stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .325.
Fisher disappointingly did not make the Astros’ big club out of spring training in March, but he was recalled for two days in early May. At Class AAA Round Rock in Texas, the former Cedar Crest standout hit .314 in 26 games with eight home runs, 24 RBIs, six stolen bases and an on-base-percentage of .383.
It would seem for Fisher to stick with the Astros, he must hit. The true test for him will come when some of Houston’s stars return from injuries.
Fisher, who attended the University of Virginia, made his major league debut with the Astros on June 14, 2017 in Philadelphia. He is currently signed to a one-year contract which expires after this season.