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Sore toe sidelines Keppinger

Sore toe sidelines Keppinger

HOUSTON -- Second baseman Jeff Keppinger, who missed 15 games in August with an injury to his left big toe (sesamoiditis), was held out of the lineup on Sunday because the injury flared up. He was available to play if needed.

"It's doing OK," Keppinger said. "I still feel it. I've felt it since the first game [he returned Sept. 1] and I've been good. Sometimes it might act up if I push on it a little more. It's pretty standard."

Keppinger had to put ice on the toe on Sunday and has been wearing an insole in his cleat to provide more comfort, support and keep the toe from moving around. The doctors have told Keppinger he'll have to rest the toe for six weeks in the offseason for it to heal properly.

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"He hasn't had a day off yet since he came back, and he has been getting on [base] the last couple of days," manager Brad Mills said. "Again, with a day game after a night game, this is going to give him a little more time to rest up for [Monday]."

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