David Hensley is recalled from Sugar Land

ATLANTA — Needing more versatility on their infield, the Astros called up utility David Hensley ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Braves, putting the former 26th-round pick in line for his major league debut.

The Astros went with JJ Matijevic in Class AAA Sugar Land to earn a spot on the 26-man roster. The club have named left-hander Jonathan Bermudez to add Hensley to the roster of 40 players.

Hensley has slashed .298/.420/.478 in 464 board appearances at Class AAA Sugar Land this season. The Astros selected him in the 26th round of the 2018 draft from San Diego State University.

Hensley is 6-foot-6 and can play in all four positions on the court. The Astros also exposed him to left field in class AAA Sugar Land, but he could be tagged for more field play at the major league level.

Aledmys Díaz’s groin injury deprived the Astros of their key infielder in the middle. Matijevic is more used to playing both corners of the infield. Ahead of Saturday’s game, manager Dusty Baker said he was concerned about Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, who both played “a lot”.

Altuve required a visit from athletic trainer Jeremiah Randall after dropping a single on the court in Friday’s 6-2 loss but stayed in the game.

“I really have to watch Jose,” Baker said on Saturday. “Last night, I didn’t like the way he moved a bit. He said he was fine. Everyone was in my squad before, but I try to take care of guys who play a lot, especially Yuli (Gurriel). Mainly Bregman, but it’s hard to get him out as hot as he is. Díaz is really missed a lot.

Hensley has started at least 15 games at every position on the court for Class AAA Sugar Land this season.

Rachel J. Bradford