Gonzalez said he's still nursing a sore neck and back after crashing into the outfield wall in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox, but he hopes to be available Tuesday for Game 3 of the ALCS, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Prior to running into the Green Monster while tracking a Steve Pearce fly ball in the bottom of the third, Gonzalez gave the Astros a 4-2 lead with a home run off David Price in the top half of the frame. Gonzalez was evaluated by the Astros' training staff after failing to corral Pearce's hit and was ultimately allowed to stay in the game, though the left fielder noted afterward that he required an IV treatment an inning later. With an off-day Monday, Gonzalez believes the lingering soreness in his back and neck will subside enough for him to return to the lineup for Game 3.
Gonzalez will be out of the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's twin bill versus Baltimore. He will start at second base and bat cleanup in Game 1, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. With manager A.J. Hinch looking to give each of his regular starters a breather during the doubleheader, Gonzalez will hit the pine in the nightcap. Over his past 11 games, Gonzalez is slashing .308/.400/.462 with eight RBI.
Gonzalez is out of the lineup versus Baltimore on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Gonzalez will receive another day off as manager A.J. Hinch continues to rest some regulars with the Astros' spot in the postseason secured. Kyle Tucker will draw another start in left field in his absence.
Gonzalez is not in the lineup against Toronto on Wednesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. Gonzalez will take a seat along with most of the other regular starters now that Houston has locked up its spot atop the American League West. Kyle Tucker will receive a start in left field in his place.
Gonzalez is not in the lineup Sunday against Arizona. Gonzalez sits after making six straight starts. Tony Kemp will be the left fielder in his place Sunday.
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