Good news for Astros: Gonzalez could return

Good news for Astros: Gonzalez could return

HOUSTON -- The injury to shortstop Marwin Gonzalez is not as bad as first thought.

Gonzalez left Thursday's game against the Giants after tearing a ligament in his left ankle stepping awkwardly on first base. The injury was first thought to be season-ending.

Gonzalez remains in a protective boot, but interim manager Tony DeFrancesco anticipates a return to the lineup this season.

"We don't need to put him on the DL," DeFrancesco said.

No timetable has been set for a return.

"We don't know how long it's going to be," DeFrancesco said.