Worth noting

• Injured infielders Nick Punto (right hamstring strain) and Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) made the trip to Houston, signaling encouraging signs in their rehabs.

Punto took batting practice on Monday and has also been taking some ground balls, all the while gradually increasing his running activity.

Lowrie, meanwhile, could potentially begin playing catch in the next couple of days. Once able to do that, he's expected to return to the active roster soon thereafter.

• Outfielder Sam Fuld, who hyperextended his left knee in Sunday's game, was held out of Monday's lineup but was considered potentially available.

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