For Guyer, third time could be the charm

For Guyer, third time could be the charm

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Brandon Guyer joined the team on Thursday after being recalled from Triple-A Durham.

Guyer had two brief stints with the team this summer. He was first recalled on May 6, at Baltimore, and he homered in his first Major League plate appearance that night. Overall, he is hitting .162 with one home run and two RBIs in six Major League at-bats.

He should have more playing opportunities this time around.

"It is [a good feeling]," Guyer said. "I've been up twice. Every time I come up, I get more comfortable. Some of the guys in here I played with at Durham. So I'm definitely a lot more comfortable and excited about the rest of the season."

Guyer has experienced a whirlwind year, from being traded by the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal to playing at the Triple-A level for the first time and then reaching the Majors.

"It's been a roller coaster," he said. "But coming into the season, my main goals were to be consistent and to stay healthy. The healthy part really didn't work out -- I've had some bumps and bruises. Coming up and down, I just really tried to stay consistent, and I think that's what I did. That's why I'm back here."

Guyer batted .312 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs in 107 games at Durham.

"[Heading into the season], I felt like I could get better at every aspect of the game," he said. "When I was at Durham, I played every outfield position. So I made sure I got comfortable at all of them so when I got here I could play all of them.

"Hitting-wise, I needed to get a little more patient, and I feel I got better at that, especially toward the end of the season. ... I feel like I made a lot of good strides."

On Wednesday, manager Joe Maddon allowed that Guyer will be in contention for a starting job in 2012, meaning that the remainder of this season is somewhat of an audition.

"I'm just trying to not think too much about it," Guyer said. "Just go out there and act like it's another baseball player. The way I play, I'm sure it will affect how they look at me next year. But all of that I'm not thinking about. I'm just trying to come out here and play ball."