Porter has options at shortstop

Porter has options at shortstop
June 18, 2013, 7:45 pm
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The solid play at shortstop between Marwin Gonzalez and Ronny Cedeno has given Astros manager Bo Porter options on who to start as the pair have split playing time.

On Tuesday, the switch-hitting Gonzalez was in the starting lineup against Milwaukee right-handed starting pitcher Alfredo Figaro.

“Combined they’ve done a great job at the shortstop position,” said Porter.

Gonzalez went through a stretch where he was dealing with his hamstring. The right-handed Cedeno had a spell where he missed games with a sinus issue. Gonzalez, hitting .238 with four home runs and 12 RBIs, has started 44 games at shortstop and Cedeno, hitting .248 with one homer and 10 RBIs, has started 28 games at shortstop.

“It’s kind of a good situation where Ronny actually played well during that stretch (that Gonzalez was hurt),” said Porter. “But now they’re both back healthy. Gonzo’s not dealing with the hamstring anymore.”

On who starts at shortstop depends on productivity as well as the opposition’s starting pitcher.

“I will look at the matchups before each series and see which guys will play,” said Porter. “There’s daily communication I have with those guys so they’re never left in the dark trying to figure out who’s going to play. I make sure I keep them completely in the loop.”

In the just-completed four-game series with Chicago, the White Sox started four left-handed pitchers. Cedeno made three starts at shortstop in the series.

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