Bagwell says sore shoulder 'no big deal'

HOUSTON -- First baseman Jeff Bagwell sat out the Houston Astros' game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night after receiving a cortisone shot in his chronically achy right shoulder.

Bagwell, who has played with a degenerative arthritic condition in his shoulder for much of the past three seasons, will miss only one game. He said he decided to have the shot Tuesday morning because the pain in his shoulder was too intense.

It's the second cortisone shot Bagwell has had this year.

"I'm fine. It's no big deal," Bagwell said before the game.
"I needed the shot. If we had an off day no one would even care,
but we're playing 17 games in a row. In the long haul, it's good
for me to get this done."

Bagwell had the shot one night after he was moved from third to fifth in the Astros' lineup after hitting .209 on a recent 12-game
road trip. He went 0-for-4 on Monday, getting so frustrated that he
flung a Gatorade cooler in the dugout during the game.

Bagwell's absence is the latest setback for the suddenly
injury-plagued Astros.

Shortstop Adam Everett, who left Monday's game after straining his left hamstring, was left out of Tuesday night's lineup to allow his leg more time to heal. Jose Vizcaino will take over at
shortstop until Everett returns.

Right fielder Richard Hidalgo missed his fourth straight start
Tuesday with a sore neck. He hurt it making a diving catch in
Friday's game against Milwaukee.

Also, left-hander Andy Pettitte will make a rehab assignment
with Double-A Round Rock later this week depending on how he fares during a bullpen session Wednesday. Pettitte, still recovering from a strained left forearm, has been on the DL since May 27. He has missed three scheduled starts in the rotation since his injury.