• by CBSSports.com Staff | CBSSports.com

    Astros 3B Jed Lowrie sidelined Tuesday with foot injury

    Astros third baseman Jed Lowrie (foot) is not in the lineup Tuesday against Texas. Lowrie left Monday's game after fouling a ball off of his foot, but postgame X-rays revealed no structural damage. Even so, he'll get the day off Tuesday as Jonathan Villar starts at third base versus Rangers' lefty Derek Holland.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Astros option Jonathan Villar to minors to call up Vincent Velasquez

    As expected, the Astros called up RHP Vincent Velasquez from Double-A Corpus Christi on Monday. Velasquez was 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in five starts at Double-A. To make room on the roster, the Astros optioned Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Fresno. Villar was hitting .263 with a home run and seven RBI for the Astros.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Astros SS Jonathan Villar slams first homer in Saturday loss

    The Astros continued to fall into an offensive funk Saturday in Toronto, but don't blame shortstop Jonathan Villar. Villar was one of few bright spots in a lopsided loss to the Blue Jays with a solo home run in the eighth, as well as a single. He sweetened his slash line to a respectable .273/.323/.376 in the process.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Jose Altuve out of Astros' lineup for first time this year

    Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, after 44 starts. Altuve snapped a string of 88 straight starts, dating back to last season. He's replaced by Marwin Gonzalez, who moves over from shortstop. Jonathan Villar replaces Gonzalez at short.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Marlins pitcher Mat Latos expected to make start on Thursday

    Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena is out of the starting lineup on Monday against the Athletics, the team announced. Jonathan Villar will draw the start at third with Marwin Gonzalez starting at shortstop. Valbuena had started the last 13 games in a row for Houston. He is hitting .206 with 16 RBI in 136 at-bats this season. The Astros are currently the favorites (-120) against Oakland.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Hank Conger replaces Jason Castro in Astros' lineup

    Astros catcher Jason Castro was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day. Hank Conger gets his tenth start of the season behind the plate, hitting eighth in the lineup. Shortstop Jonathan Villar also got his eighth start of the season, replacing Marwin Gonzalez.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez out of the starting lineup Wednesday

    Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Giants with Jonathan Villar drawing the start, the team announced. Although the two have been splitting time at short, Gonzalez started the last three games for Houston. Villar is hitting .182 in 33 at-bats this season.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Astros OF Preston Tucker, SS Jonathan Villar in Thursday lineup

    Astros outfielder Preston Tucker is wasting no time as a major-leaguer. Selected to join the Astros' major-league roster Thursday, Tucker is in Houston's lineup against the Angels. He's hitting eighth and playing left field. Shortstop Jonathan Villar is making his first start since May 3 Thursday night. He's batting ninth.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Jonathan Villar replaces Luis Valbuena at third base for Astros

    The Astros left third baseman Luis Valbuena out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game, snapping a string of six straight starts. Jonathan Villar will make his third start of the year at third base, batting ninth.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    Chris Carter out of Astros' lineup Saturday, Jonathan Villar in at SS

    First baseman Chris Carter is out of the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Mariners with Marwin González getting the start instead.Carter has started at first base 20 of the Astros' 23 games this season.With Jed Lowrie recently placed on the disabled list, Jonathan Villar will make his second straight start at shortstop on Saturday. "Villar played very good shortstop (Friday)," manager A.J. Hinch said to the Houston Chronicle. "I want to keep him in the mix. I wanted Marwin to face Walker. He's had limited time against him, but he's had a little bit of success. We have to keep our guys fresh. One of the downsides of carrying 12 position players is the lack of rest you can get your guys. There's only three bench players, especially with (Evan) Gattis being the primary DH. "So when I can get Carter off his feet for a day and it matches up well with Villar and Gonzo that's good."