10/03/12 3:10 PM ET
Worn-out Altuve misses season finale at Wrigley
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
In his first full season in the Major Leagues, the 22-year-old Venezuelan established himself as one of the team's top players. He finished the season with a .290 batting average with seven homers and 37 RBIs, and led the team in at-bats (576), hits (167), doubles (34) and stolen bases (33). No other Astros player had more than 400 at-bats or 100 hits.
"I'm feeling tired right now," he said. "It's been a long season, my first full season in the big leagues. I'm going home and will take some time off and get ready for next year."
Altuve, who made the All-Star team this year and was named the club's Most Valuable Player by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, plans to play winter ball in Venezuela, but only for a few games in December.
"I think I can do a little bitter next year, and I have to get ready and prepare for it," he said.
DeFrancesco hopes to be part of Porter's staff
CHICAGO -- Prior to leading the Astros in Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said he was proud of his body of work and hopes to be able to remain on the Major League staff next year when Bo Porter takes over as manager.
The Astros have promised DeFrancesco, who was managing at Triple-A Oklahoma City, a chance to remain in the organization, but his role will be determined later.
"I would love to stay with the Major League staff, and that's up to [general manager] Jeff [Luhnow], Bo and [owner] Jim [Crane], whatever direction they want to go," DeFrancesco said. "I talked to Jeff about being a team player, and I'm hoping I just get an opportunity in the organization somewhere."
DeFrancesco has 18 years managerial experience in the Minor Leagues, going 1,235-1,088 before taking over for Brad Mills in August. He spent most of his career in the Oakland organization, serving as third-base coach in 2008 at the Major League level.
He entered Wednesday's game with a 16-24 record with the Astros, which is impressive when you consider he lost 10 of his first 11 games as manager.
"It's something I'm always going to remember," he said. "I'm proud to be a part of it, and I'm excited that today's the last day to finish the chapter now. I think it's going to be a good chapter down the road, and I think there's a good future for me with the Astros. I'm excited to be a part of it."
Struggling Paredes gets start in season finale
CHICAGO -- Jimmy Paredes was in the starting lineup in right field for the season finale, giving him a rare appearance in the lineup. It was his first start in more than a week. Scott Moore has been getting most of the playing time, but he injured his left shoulder on Tuesday.
Paredes hit .318 with 28 doubles, 13 homers, 59 RBIs and 37 stolen bases at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he's struggled offensively and defensively at the Major League level since being recalled on Aug. 27. He entered Wednesday's game hitting .183, starting his 17th game of the season.
Paredes was moved to the outfield halfway through this season and has struggled to make the adjustment from second base.
"We talked about his selective hitting and his approach at the plate in Oklahoma City the whole season," Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "He had great numbers, but for some reason it doesn't translate up there. He over-swings and chases balls out of the zone.
"When he first got here, he had a chance to play every day, and the bottom line up here is winning games and developing. Some other guys stepped up ahead of him. Jimmy's going to get another chance today. He's going to go down to winter play and play for the Gigantes in Santo Domingo [in Dominican Winter League], and hopefully he can make some adjustments and learn to play the outfield a little bit better and come back to Spring Training with a cleaner look."
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