Alonso out of lineup, hopeful to play Tuesday

Alonso out of lineup, hopeful to play Tuesday

HOUSTON -- First baseman Yonder Alonso sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee on Monday, but manager Bud Black was optimistic about Alonso's chances to play in some fashion Tuesday.

"He's feeling much better today," Black said.

Alonso had an injection in the knee on Saturday night to reduce some of the soreness. Doctors said Alonso would need 48-72 hours to feel healthy.

The 25-year-old rookie is batting .254/.325/.345 with two homers and 18 RBIs.

Jesus Guzman started at first base on Monday and batted fifth against Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Guzman entered the game batting .236 with one homer and 24 RBIs.