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Toe injury keeps Cordero out on Friday

Toe injury keeps Cordero out on Friday

HOUSTON -- Closer Francisco Cordero was expected to be out of action for the second game in a row on Friday. Cordero was unavailable Thursday after throwing nearly 60 pitches in blowing a pair of saves in consecutive outings, and manager Brad Mills said Friday the veteran had a sprained toe.

"It came up after his last outing," Mills said. "We knew about it [Thursday], but he was shut down mainly because of his usage. He's going to at least need one more day to make sure it's better. Everyone else should be good to go."

Cordero, acquired last week from the Blue Jays, took over as closer for Brett Myers and has posted a 23.14 ERA in three games with Houston. He allowed three runs in the ninth inning on Tuesday and Wednesday in losses to the Reds.

Wilton Lopez, who's 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA, is the most likely candidate to fill in as closer while Cordero is out. Lopez has not allowed a run in 29 of his 37 appearances, and ranks first among relievers with a 1.18 walks per nine innings ratio.