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ST. PETERSBURG -- Astros right-hander Brad Peacock, who was scratched from his start Saturday after battling food poisoning earlier in the week, threw lightly in the bullpen Saturday and said he would be available in relief beginning Sunday.

Peacock was briefly hospitalized early Monday after coming down with a case of food poisoning, which caused him to lose some weight and be away from the team for a couple of days. He said he could have pitched Saturday but understood the team's decision.

"They are trying to protect me and gave me a couple of extra days of rest," he said. 'I didn't want to go out there and only two innings and hurt the bullpen."

Astros manager Bo Porter said Peacock would be slotted back into the end of the rotation when it turns over beginning with Scott Feldman's start on Tuesday. Peacock is 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA this year in 14 games, including 10 starts.

Brian McTaggart is a 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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