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Keppinger likely to miss the first six weeks of the season

Jeff Keppinger

Houston Astros’ Jeff Keppinger grounds out, scoring Tommy Manzella from third, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Astros won 4-0. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger didn’t have the best offseason. First the ‘Stros traded for Bill Hall and named him their starting second baseman, pushing the 30-year-old Keppinger into a backup role. Then the guy found out in January that he needed surgery to remove a sesamoid bone from his left foot.

Keppinger is not going to be ready for the start of the season. In fact, Brian McTaggart of is saying that Keppinger will miss the first six weeks.

He was in a walking boot Thursday in camp and said he’s only “hoping” to get out of it by next week.

Once Keppinger returns to full health, he will be used in a utility infield role, getting limited looks behind Hall at second base and Clint Barmes at short. He batted .288/.351/.393 with six home runs, 59 RBI and 62 runs scored across 137 games last year.