Cedeno not likely headed to DL

Cedeno not likely headed to DL

HOUSTON -- Shortstop Ronny Cedeno was out of the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game Sunday as he continued to battle a left shoulder impingement. General manager Neal Huntington doesn't expect Cedeno to go on the 15-day disabled list, however.

"We're still optimistic," Huntington said. "But if we're not seeing the progress we're going to see, [the DL] could be an option."

While Cedeno has been out, Argenis Diaz has filled in well, recording at least one hit in all of his starts.

"He's done a nice job," Huntington said. "He's made some mechanical adjustments with the staff to put him in a better position to hit."

If Cedeno does go on the DL, Huntington said an option could be prospect Pedro Ciriaco, who is currently hitting .279 for Triple-A Indianapolis.

"In a perfect world you don't bring a prospect to the big leagues and sit him on the bench," Huntington said. "In a perfect world you don't bring a prospect to the big leagues if he isn't ready."

Cedeno pinch-ran in the ninth inning of Saturday's game, eliminating any possibility of a longer retroactive period.