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Cedeno exits with contusion after fouling ball off foot

ST. LOUIS -- Astros shortstop Ronny Cedeno left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals in the fifth inning with a contusion of his left big toe. Cedeno fouled a ball off his left foot on the first pitch of his second at-bat.

"I feel OK," Cedeno said after the 9-5 loss. "I hope to get better tomorrow. We'll see."

He remained in the game to finish the at-bat, a groundout to shortstop, but was slow heading back to the dugout, and Jake Elmore replaced him when the Astros took the field for the bottom of the fifth.

"Those guys that wear those pads, I always say this: The ball hits everywhere except the pad," said manager Bo Porter. "You move the pad to the spot where you hit it, and then the ball hits where the pad use to be. So he just has a bruise and I just got him out of there because he didn't look too good running down to first base."

Cedeno said he did not know if the injury would cause him to miss any more time, but was hopeful he would be back in the lineup Wednesday.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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