Houston Astros: Utility man Aledmys Diaz expected back this week

Houston Astros utility man Aledmys Diaz (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Astros utility man Aledmys Diaz (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Houston Astros utility man Aledmys Diaz is expected back in the lineup this week after suffering from dizziness in his last appearance. When will he return?

The Houston Astros are now 85-47, just 15 wins away from another 100+ win season and if the feat is completed, it will be their third-straight campaign of doing so.  We all expected them to get to that mark at some point this season but with all the talent they have out there, they’ve been doing it so effortlessly.

On the other hand, it makes those days of experiencing 100+ loss seasons in regular basis earlier this decade as part of a figment of our imagination.  But, as we know, it truly happened and it was part of the process for the Houston Astros to enjoy the renaissance that they’re currently in right now.

Who knows how long will it last?  I’m just thankful for being able to live in the moment and I honestly hope that the Houston Astros are dominant forever.  We all know that won’t happen — forever is a long time by the way — but in what was once a murky vision, it’s now as bright as the rays of the sun on a beautiful, yet clear day.

But anyway, as the Houston Astros continue to wield their upper hand in the MLB, there are still some guys on the shelf that are trying to get healthy with Aledmys Diaz and Carlos Correa likely to be first to be called back up soon.

However, Diaz is on a much quicker track to come back.  In fact, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com is reporting that Diaz will be back Tuesday when the Houston Astros take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park after a well-deserved day off from a grueling stretch of the schedule.

Diaz has been out for about a week after suffering dizzy spell on the team bus back Aug. 17 when

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they were heading to Oakland Coliseum to take on the Athletics that afternoon.  He had to be hospitalized overnight and was subsequently put on the 10-Day injured list.

McTaggart also mentioned he has been rehabbing with the Triple-A Round Rock Express and he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts yesterday.  Diaz is also rehabbing tonight as well and at the time of this writing, he’s currently 0-for-2 from the plate at the bottom of the 5th inning as Round Rock takes on the New Orleans Baby Cakes at Dell Diamond.

He’s expected to play half of the game at shortstop and the other half at third base.

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Let’s hope his recovery continues to go well as he hasn’t quite hit the stride we’ve expected him to since earlier in the season.

Diaz is currently hitting .267/.320/.474 along with seven homers and 28 RBIs through 153 plate appearances in 45 games this season.