Late scratch causes Astros to shuffle lineup

Late scratch causes Astros to shuffle lineup

PITTSBURGH -- As if trying to find a way to get 18 position players into the starting lineup wasn't a big enough chore for Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, he was forced to rework his lineup about an hour before Wednesday's game when Fernando Martinez, who was originally in right field, was scratched with an inflamed boil on his left inner thigh.

DeFrancesco moved Jimmy Paredes to right field from left field, and J.D. Martinez was added to the lineup in left field in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Earlier, DeFrancesco scratched third baseman Matt Dominguez's name from of the lineup after he injured his wrist in his final at-bat on Tuesday.

"It's been difficult," DeFrancesco said. "We've got a great group of guys here, and everybody wants to see if they belong in the Major Leagues and get an opportunity. There's a few guys you see in the lineup more often than others."

There has been speculation Major League Baseball could tweak the way it handles expanded rosters in the future by limiting teams to 30 players, only 25 of whom could be active for any game. The skipper wasn't so sure he'd like that.

"After managing winter ball last year with a 30-man rotating roster, every day you've got fresh arms in the bullpen," DeFrancesco said.