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Gonzalez available off bench for Astros

Gonzalez available off bench for Astros

Gonzalez available off bench for Astros
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, who hasn't played since injuring his left ankle on Aug. 30, was expected to return to action Tuesday, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said.

"We're hoping Jed [Lowrie] can get us three or four at-bats and drill a ball down the right-field line like he can and hit a home run, and late in the game we'll have Marwin in for defense, and he's probably one of the best defensive infielders I've seen in a long time," DeFrancesco said.

Meanwhile, outfielder Fernando Martinez remains sidelined. He was scratched from Saturday's lineup with right knee inflammation and is hitting .360 in September, with a .485 on-base percentage and .520 slugging percentage.

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"His knee is still cranky," DeFrancesco said. "He went to see the doctor the other day and there's swelling in there."

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