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Rain keeps Villar from getting in much work

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Rain keeps Villar from getting in much work

MINNEAPOLIS -- The morning rain that kept the tarp on Target Field early on Saturday didn't allow banged up Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar the chance to work out on the field with the trainers as much as manager Bo Porter would have liked.

Villar, out of the lineup for the fourth game in a row after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch on Tuesday, did manage to play catch on the field with head athletic trainer Nate Lucero.

"[On Friday], he took ground balls and was able to get the ball across the diamond, but it wasn't game speed," Porter said. "That's what we were going to try to do today."

Marwin Gonzalez started at shortstop for the fourth game in a row on Saturday, coming off a game in which he hit a home run in place of Villar, who's hitting .195 with five homers and 17 RBIs with 11 stolen bases.

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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