Lowrie makes return to Astros lineup

Lowrie makes return to Astros lineup

HOUSTON -- For the first time since July 14, the Astros had shortstop Jed Lowrie and second baseman Jose Altuve in the starting lineup at the same time. Lowrie injured his right knee and leg July in San Francisco, and Altuve is starting for the first time since Friday.

"Any time you get to play in a Major League game you're excited, but it feels great to get back out there," Lowrie said.

Lowrie is still wearing a brace on his knee while he plays, but he expects to be 100 percent without the help of the brace in time for Spring Training next year. Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said he will ease Lowrie back into the lineup.

"Day on, day off until he gets his body back in shape," he said. "We know what he can do and we're happy he's on the club. It gives us another Major League at-bat in there. The guy's been around and I know he's not as strong from the right side than the left side, but it's time to get him in the lineup and see what he can do."

Altuve hadn't started since straining his abdominal muscle on Friday in Cincinnati. He entered Tuesday's win over the Cubs as a defensive replacement.