09/16/12 6:58 PM ET
Altuve in lineup for finale; Wallace gets breather
By Clark Goble / MLB.com
However, the All-Star second baseman was in the lineup for Sunday's finale with the Phillies.
DeFrancesco said the decision hinged on shortstop Jed Lowrie's ability to play.
After Saturday's game, Lowrie told DeFrancesco he was feeling some soreness in his right leg. Lowrie missed nearly two months with a nerve injury in the leg. Tyler Greene started at shortstop on Sunday.
DeFrancesco hinted that Greene would replace Altuve at second base on Tuesday in St. Louis.
"I kind of like the combination of Greene with Jed out there," DeFrancesco said. "You look at the numbers -- there's 24 homers between the two, so maybe that can help us get a little more punch on the road."
First baseman Brett Wallace also wasn't in the lineup on Sunday. Since DeFrancesco took over as manager on Aug. 19, Wallace had started and batted third in 24 of 25 games.
DeFrancesco said Wallace hyperextended his elbow recently, and it was affecting him at the plate. Wallace hit .100 (2-for-20) in the first five games of the Astros' homestand.
The injury didn't sound too major, though.
"You do need breather days around here," DeFrancesco said. "Just a mental break, sometimes, to clear your mind."
Martinez day to day with right knee inflammation
HOUSTON -- Right fielder Fernando Martinez was scratched from Sunday's lineup with right knee inflammation. Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said the team will wait a few days to see if the swelling in the knee goes down.
Martinez's right knee problems aren't a new thing. He's dealt with the issue over much of his career.
DeFrancesco said he liked how Martinez, 23, was evolving into a possible everyday Major League hitter. Martinez is hitting .231/.290/.418 this season. Since DeFrancesco took over as manager, Martinez is batting .298 with two homers and five RBIs in 18 starts.
"Unfortunately, if his knee can't go, it kind of changes the situation," DeFrancesco said.
Jimmy Paredes started in right field in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Phillies, batting second. Scott Moore, originally batting second, hit third, Martinez's spot in Sunday's lineup.
Class A Advanced Lancaster won the California League title on Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over Modesto. The JetHawks swept the best-of-five series, earning the franchise's first title in 17 years. Second baseman Delino DeShields, the Astros' No. 1 pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, was named series Most Valuable Player.
Sunday was Dog Day at Minute Maid Park. Fans with dogs could participate in a parade around the field before the game. The dogs and their owners also had special seating in right field.
Clark Goble is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.