"He's still a little bit sore," Gonzalez said. "He doesn't know when he's going to be back."
Villar entered Thursday hitting .193 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. Gonzalez was 0-for-3 in his place Wednesday in the Astros' 4-0 los to the Angels.
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