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Jeff Keppinger aiming for Friday return to Astros

May 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

Jeff Keppinger

Jeff Keppinger has yet to play this season after undergoing foot surgery in January, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the veteran infielder is slated to come off the disabled list Friday.

Keppinger has spent the past couple weeks rehabbing in the minors, going 14-for-44 (.318) with one homer and just one strikeout in 11 games between Double-A and Triple-A.

Keppinger ranked fourth on the Astros with 575 plate appearances last season, supplanting Kaz Matsui as the starting second baseman while hitting .288 with a .351 on-base percentage and .393 slugging percentage.

Bill Hall has struggled as Houston’s primary second baseman, so Keppinger has a good chance to become a starter again immediately.

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