Houston Astros infielders Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz are on track to return back to the lineup soon so what’s the latest update with them? Let’s look.
The Houston Astros have been 9-4 since the All-Star Break, which is definitely representative of a remarkable feat considering the challenges that they’ve faced with the injuries that have been on deck as of late.
At one point, Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz were all on the shelf, which took a ton of firepower out of the lineup while they recovered from their ailments. Altuve and Springer have since been back for a few weeks now and they look like they’re back to their old selves once again.
But the latter two out of the aforementioned still remain on the shelf but it looks like their on-track to return, performing seemingly well in their rehab assignments.
Correa has been hitting .500/.545/1.000 for an OPS of 1.245 through 10 at-bats and three games of action for Triple-A Round Rock Express, including an incredible double this past Wednesday night that filled out a 3-for-4, two-ribbie night leading up an 11-8 Express win over the Memphis Redbirds.
On the other hand, Diaz did record a hit in his appearance with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks last night and only record three at-bats. Despite that, it’s all about how he feels and there have been no reports of his hamstring flaring back up.
Both have been out since late May.
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported that Diaz could return in just a few days after getting some more work in, allowing Yuli Gurriel to return back to first base full time. Gurriel has been shifting a lot — as we expected to with Marwin Gonzalez‘s departure — but his strongest suit is being at first base.
McTaggart also is indicating that Correa could return as early as a week from now, to which that
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would be timed perfectly as to when he’d eligible to come off the 60-Day injured list which would be this coming Friday, July 26.
The Houston Astros will be taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game weekend game set and it would be perfect timing for him to return against a team that’s very much in the conversation to contend for a playoff in an extremely talented division — the NL Central — the Houston Astros‘ previous abode.
This is terrific news to hear and let’s hope that their assignments continue to go well for them. But based off of Correa’s performance, we may not see him in rehab for much longer. I honestly can’t wait to see his bat back in the lineup.
It’s too early to celebrate but we can start getting excited that this team is finally returning to full health!
Keep it going Houston Astros!