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Quintero back behind plate despite ailments

Quintero back behind plate despite ailments

Quintero back behind plate despite ailments
HOUSTON -- Perhaps one of the toughest players the Astros have had in their clubhouse in recent years, catcher Humberto Quintero was in Tuesday's lineup despite a variety of ailments.

Quintero, who had his 11-game hitting streak snapped in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs, underwent an MRI on his knees and back on Tuesday and was given a green light to play. He said the tests showed that a disk in his back was inflamed, and he's scheduled to have a cortisone injection after Wednesday's game.

"Everything is fine," said Quintero, typically downplaying his lingering health concerns.

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Quintero entered Tuesday having hit safely in 16 of his past 18 games with an at-bat. It would have been difficult to keep him out of the starting lineup, considering he's had a terrific working relationship the past two years with starter Brett Myers.

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