• Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez continues to deal with a slight strain of his right hamstring and remained out of the lineup Thursday, though he was available off the bench.
• Porter said the Astros will likely go back to seven relief pitchers in the next few days. The team has been carrying eight relief pitchers since Brad Peacock was called up earlier this week.
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