8/16/2014 7:23 P.M. ET
After 104 straight starts, Dominguez given breather
Houston third baseman welcomes opportunity to rest mentally, physically
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
BOSTON -- After 104 consecutive games in the starting lineup, Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez was given the day off Saturday at Fenway Park. Dominguez entered Saturday tied for the Major League lead with 122 games played.
Dominguez had started every game since April 20, including three at designed hitter.
"It's that time of year when you start getting a little fatigued and tired," Dominguez said. "I played a good amount of games and it will be nice to get more of a mental break and [it] also give you a physical break. It will be nice."
Dominguez, in his second full season as starter, is hitting .229 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs, but he's batting .250 with runners in scoring position and has a .270 on-base percentage because he's walked only 25 times in 496 plate appearances.
Astros manager Bo Porter said Dominguez needs to work on pitch selection.
"The biggest thing is on-base percentage and the ability to hit with men in scoring position," he said. "Matt Dominguez is a corner infielder, and to play that position, you have to profile as a guy that's going to drive in runs, and that's an area he can definitely improve."
Presley has setback while rehabbing oblique
BOSTON -- Astros outfielder Alex Presley suffered a setback Saturday in his rehab assignment from an oblique injury when he felt discomfort warming up before a game for Tri-City. Astros manager Bo Porter said the trainers told Presley to give the injury another week or 10 days.
He was scheduled to lead off and play center field Saturday at Staten Island.
Houston had hoped to get Presley back at some point in the next few days, but it looks like he won't return until the club's 10-game road trip is over. With the Astros in New York to face the Yankees beginning Tuesday, Presley would not have had to go far to rejoin the club.
"He had some discomfort in the cage before they got ready to go and do their work," Porter said. "We're going to back off him and reevaluate that oblique situation."
Earlier this week, injured outfielder George Springer suffered a setback in his rehab from a strained quad muscle and was shut down for two more weeks. Fortunately for the Astros, outfielder Dexter Fowler (intercostal) returned from the disabled list Wednesday.
Marisnick surging since trade from Marlins
BOSTON -- In his first 14 games with the Astros since coming over in a trade with the Marlins, outfielder Jake Marisnick was hitting .315 with one homer and five RBIs, including .362 in his previous 12 games entering Saturday. In 14 games with the Marlins this year, he was hitting .167.
Marisnick has benefitted from reuniting with hitting coach John Mallee and assistant hitting coach Ralph Dickenson, both of whom he has worked with before. Dickenson was hitting coach at Double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays system when Marisnick was there in 2012, and Mallee spent eight-plus seasons as the Marlins' Minor League hitting coordinator. Marisnick was traded to the Marlins after the 2012 season.
"They weighed in before we made the deal and they felt like they knew what he needed to do," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "I've got to give them a little bit of credit, and I've got to give Marisnick some credit, as well. It's early and he's having some success, which is what we were hoping for.
"He's the type of player, defensively he's going to have value regardless of how much he hits. Speed and defense are electric, and the fact he's been able to contribute offensively for us is a huge bonus. He's still so young and there's a lot of career ahead of him. We very well could have found ourselves a very important part of the puzzle going forward."
Marisnick has been as good as advertised defensively and did a nice job handling center field before moving to right field a few days ago after Dexter Fowler was activated.