HOU@COL: M. Gonzalez squeezes home a run in the ninth

ANAHEIM -- Marwin Gonzalez was back in the Astros' lineup, playing shortstop and batting ninth Monday night against the Angels.

Gonzalez had not started a game since May 17 while nursing a right hamstring strain.

"He was able to get extended treatment and I think he should be fine moving forward," Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Gonzalez was available off the bench for the past couple of days if there was an emergency , but Porter wanted to give the shortstop as much rest as possible and feels the time off was a major benefit.

"I think it was probably much better for him that we were able to stay away from him the length of time that we were able to stay away from him," Porter said. "Hamstrings can be tricky and you don't want to push it too soon and have a setback and then you're looking at a more extended period of time in which it can affect him."

Gonzalez was hitting .237 with 11 RBIs in 41 games entering Monday.

Maxwell to start Double-A rehab stint Tuesday

HOU@OAK: Maxwell lays out to make the nice catch

ANAHEIM -- Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.

Maxwell was placed on the DL with a broken left hand on April 24. While the team wants to get Maxwell back into its lineup as soon as possible, manager Bo Porter is not sure how long the rehab assignment will last.

"I think it all depends on just health," Porter said. "It's one thing to go through drills, it's another thing to be in a live game. I'm more interested in how he's going to feel the next day and the next day, then after the first day."

Maxwell has played 20 games in 2013 and posted a .234 batting average with one home run and six RBIs.

Brandon Barnes, Jimmy Paredes and J.D. Martinez have played well in Maxwell's absence, but Porter insists Maxwell has not lost his spot.

"Justin Maxwell is our starting center fielder," Porter said. "He's only not here because he had an injury, so the sooner we can get him back, the better."

While there is still time for things to shape up before Maxwell's return, Porter said Martinez has shown he deserves to play every day, meaning right field will be occupied by either Paredes or Barnes.

Three Astros prospects win Minors honors

Top Prospects: George Springer, OF, Astros

ANAHEIM -- The past week has been a good one for the entire Houston Astros organization.

While the Major League club won a season-high five straight games, three players in the farm system were recognized with Player of the Week honors.

Double-A Corpus Christi's George Springer was named the Texas League Player of the Week while Class A Lancaster's Preston Tucker and Brady Rodgers were named the California League Player and Pitcher of the Week.

Springer, ranked as the Astros' No. 3 prospect by MLB.com, has started the season strong and entered Monday hitting .310. He also led all of Minor League baseball with 17 home runs and 47 RBIs.

"George has been doing a great job," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "He's obviously one of our top prospects and we look forward to him continuing to do what he's doing, continue developing. When the time is right, he'll be here and be able to help this organization."

In the past week, the outfielder hit .394 with four homers and 13 RBIs. In the second half of Sunday's doubleheader, Springer really stood out as he went 3-for-5 with five RBIs.

Tucker hit .414 with 22 RBIs in the past week. The outfielder had at least two RBIs in seven of his past eight games. He had three RBIs on three separate occasions and drove in six Tuesday.

Rodgers, who is 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 2013, started one game and appeared in relief during another last week.

The right-hander threw a total of nine shutout innings in which he allowed just four hits and struck out seven.

Worth noting

• The Astros will honor the four Houston firefighters that died Friday with a special HFD patch on their uniforms from Tuesday to Thursday as the club hosts the Orioles.

Local and national firefighters will receive free tickets for immediate family at the Minute Maid Park box office.