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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.

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

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.

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

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.