Francisco remains out with strained wrist

Francisco remains out with strained wrist

HOUSTON -- The Astros decided to keep outfielder Ben Francisco out of Thursday's lineup as he continues to deal with a right wrist strain.

Manager Tony DeFrancesco waited to post the lineup until the team could see how Francisco looked in batting practice. Soon after batting practice, the team decided to keep Francisco on the bench.

Francisco said the injury wasn't serious. His right wrist has never given him problems before. He said he felt it wear down over the past couple of days with "a lot of swings."

"Just wear and tear," Francisco said.

The team scratched Francisco from Wednesday's lineup an hour before the first pitch. Francisco entered Thursday's game batting .247/.289/.365 with the Astros in 85 at-bats.