Astros confident with Gonzalez filling in for Lowrie

Astros confident with Gonzalez filling in for Lowrie

Astros confident with Gonzalez filling in for Lowrie
SAN DIEGO -- The Astros are content with Marwin Gonzalez getting the bulk of the time at shortstop while Jed Lowrie is on the disabled list with a sprained ankle, but general manager Jeff Luhnow said the club might look for shortstop help if Lowrie is out for an extended period of time.

"But for now in the short term, we feel very good with Marwin playing every day," he said.

Gonzalez, a Rule 5 Draft pick who's a defensive specialist, went 2-for-4 on Sunday in his first game back from the disabled list, the day after Lowrie was injured. Gonzalez bruised his right heel in early June and played in 19 games on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving him valuable playing time he couldn't get in the Minors as a Rule 5 player.

"He did a great job filling in for Jed at the beginning of the season," Luhnow said. "When you have a Rule 5 guy who can play a regular role like that, that's a huge plus. Normally, you're protecting them from being overexposed, and I don't think in this case we have that issue."

Gonzalez entered Monday hitting .274 and was in the No. 2 slot Monday in manager Brad Mills' starting lineup.

"He was swinging the bat so well in Triple-A and playing so well, and we stuck him in there [Sunday] and he swung the bat well again," Mills said. "We get a guy that's aggressive and put him at the top of the order, we're able to do something with him and [Jose] Altuve up there."