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Oblique injury ends Abad's season

The Sports Xchange

--LHP Fernando Abad was shut down for the season after feeling more soreness in his oblique in Friday's bullpen session. He was supposed to start Monday's game as part of a six-man rotation. Instead, both RHP Lucas Harrell and RHP Bud Norris will be moved up and RHP Edgar Gonzalez will start the final game.

--INF Marwin Gonzalez will likely be limited to late-game defensive replacement duties the rest of the season, if that, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said. Gonzalez has reinjured his ankle multiple times running the bases and the team doesn't want him hitting.

--C Chris Snyder is part of a small contingent of players and coaches with some working knowledge of manager-to-be Bo Porter, who was third-base coach for Snyder's 2010 Diamondbacks. "He's very meticulous about where he wants his guys, what he wants out of his guys even as a third-base coach," Snyder said. "Just the way he handled himself out there and handled his situations with runners on."

--C Jason Castro scored his first multi-homer game Friday and the first by an Astros catcher since J.R. Towles took Pedro Martinez deep twice in 2009. Castro raised his slugging percentage to .400 with the homers. "I think it's just been getting reps," said Castro, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. "I've been really happy with the way things have been going, and hopefully I'll just be able to build off of it."

--2B Jose Altuve has been a menace on the Brewers this year. He has the best average of any visiting hitter at Miller Park, going 15-for-30 in Milwaukee with two games left.

80 -- Four-homer games by major-league teams in between the last two for the Astros, who broke a drought dating to June 10 when they left the yard four times against Milwaukee on Friday.

"He's not afraid to give you a pat on the back or give you a kick in the butt." -- C Chris Snyder on new manager Bo Porter, who was on the staff of the 2010 Diamondbacks when Snyder played there.

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