Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar was sidelined last week due to his sprained thumb. He's since rejoined the Astros' lineup, but he aggravated the injury Saturday and, as a result, was held out of the team's lineup for yesterday's weekend finale against the Los Angeles Angels, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Astros manager Bo Porter told reporters that Villar jammed his ailing thumb during an at-bat on Saturday. Houston decided to rest the shortstop yesterday, opting not to have him take swings as a right-handed batter against Angels left-hander Jason Vargas. He was replaced at shortstop by Marwin Gonzalez.
This will be a situation to monitor, as it's not yet clear if Villar will be required to miss an extended stretch due to the setback. Porter termed the decision a "precaution," and Villar was able to avoid the disabled list when he initially suffered the injury Aug. 6 against the Boston Red Sox.
Villar isn't the only ailing Astros' middle infielder, as second baseman Jose Altuve continues to be hampered by a left quadriceps injury. Houston used him as their designated hitter yesterday, inserting Jake Elmore into the lineup at second.
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