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oddmanout7 wrote:DENVER -- Including Monday's off day, Jeff Kent will have three days of rest after sitting out the last two games of the Houston Astros' weekend series in Colorado.
The second baseman hasn't played since Friday because of nagging discomfort in his right quadriceps muscle, but he is confident he'll be back in the lineup when the Astros begin a series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
"It's not a big deal," Kent said. "Today was just a bonus day because we've been playing so well. We've got a day off tomorrow, so two leads into three. It's a convenient opportunity.
"I can play any day and every day. Jimy's (manager Jimy Williams) chosen to give it a couple days to give it a rest."
Kent missed an exhibition game toward the end of Spring Training with the same quad problem but said later he took the day off only for precautionary reasons. Williams and Kent appear to have the same feeling about this latest setback.
"I gave him off yesterday, we have off tomorrow," Williams said. "Will three in a row help him? I think it's worth a shot to try to help his quad. He can play. It's not a problem. But if I'm ever going to do it, to try to give him three in a row to help that leg, now's the time to do it."
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