PITTSBURGH -- Astros infielder Ronny Cedeno was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday with sinus problems and a stomach virus. That forced Marwin Gonzalez into action as the starting shortstop, even though he's nursing a sore back from a collision in Saturday's game.
"I hope to get better," said Cedeno, who has been unavailable all weekend. "I just don't feel good."
Houston was without both Cedeno and outfielder Brandon Barnes (ankle) in Friday's game, which left manager Bo Porter shorthanded. Barnes appeared in Saturday's game and returned to the lineup Sunday as the starting center fielder. He said he was 100 percent.
Porter didn't reveal he was without Cedeno and Barnes until after Friday's game for strategic reasons, but Cedeno's unavailability Sunday was obvious when he was scratched from the lineup.
"Marwin is still a little shaken up in the collision he had at first base, but with Ronny being unavailable, he's going to have to play shortstop today," Porter said.
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