Bo Porter knows no matter how often he publicly commits himself to the Astros’ future his name still will be linked with the Washington Nationals manager’s job expected to open soon after the 2013 season.

But Porter still embraced the exercise Friday saying he’s fully an Astro and has no intention of that changing despite Davey Johnson planning to step down after the year and Porter maintaining close ties with key Nationals players.

“I’m the Houston Astros’ manager. I enjoyed my time in Washington” Porter said. “It’s something that you have no control over what somebody else is going to say or what somebody else is going to think.”

The first-year manager served as Washington’s third-base coach before being hired last September as the initial centerpiece of the Astros’ rebuild.

The Nationals have underachieved this season bringing early attention to Johnson’s departure. Porter was forced to address questions about Washington’s struggles when the Astros recently played at Baltimore and the queries will only increase until Johnson’s replacement is named.

Porter knows what’s coming. And he already has gotten used to being pressed about his future less than a full season into his new job.