"That's a pretty sensitive spot to get hit," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He did say he could stay in the game, but I just removed him for precaution reasons. He was only going to play one more inning on defense anyway. Sometimes you squeeze that last at-bat out of him, but in that case it was a painful one for him."
Villar started at shortstop on Opening Day last year and appeared in 86 games, with 78 starts. He hit .209 with seven homers, 17 RBIs and 17 stolen bases, but his inconsistent play on both sides of the ball led to a stint in Triple-A.
The Astros acquired Villar along with outfielder Anthony Gose and pitcher J.A. Happ from the Phillies in exchange for Roy Oswalt on July 29, 2010. He was considered one of the club's top prospects before making his debut in 2013.
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