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Astros activate Carlos Correa from the 10-day disabled list

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It’s been a long road back from the disabled list, but Carlos Correa is finally ready to resume his season. The Astros activated Correa from the 10-day DL in advance of Sunday’s series finale and will equip the shortstop with a special protective pad on his thumb when he takes the field.

Correa, 22, initially jammed his left thumb after sliding headfirst into Tyler Flowers‘ shinguard back in early July. Several weeks later, he aggravated the injury on a bad swing and underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament, totaling 47 days on the disabled list as he worked back to full strength.

Prior to the injury, Correa slashed .320/.400/.566 with 20 home runs and a .966 OPS in 375 PA for the Astros, earning his first All-Star distinction and approaching career-high numbers with 4.1 fWAR. He continued to mash in back-to-back rehab assignments with Triple-A Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi, going 7-for-24 with a double and five RBI leading up to his activation from the disabled list. There’s no guarantee that Correa will return to MVP-caliber production levels when he steps back into the majors, but the hot-hitting shortstop could help give the Astros the edge they ¬†need to make a long run in the postseason this fall.

Anthony Rendon is open to an extension with the Nationals

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Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had already started that conversation.

Rendon, 27, is coming off of his best career year to date. He finished the 2017 season batting .301/.403/.533 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI through 605 plate appearances, good enough to earn him sixth place in NL MVP voting. He made his third postseason appearance after helping Nationals through the National League Division Series, and contributed a pair of extra-base hits before the team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 5.

Rendon is still arbitration-eligible through 2019, but stands to receive a hefty payday once he enters free agency in 2020. While it stands to reason that the Nats would want to lock up a player who contributed a whopping 6.9 fWAR last year, making him the most valuable player on their roster, an extension appeals to Rendon as well. “Why not stay with one organization?” he said Sunday. The 2018 season will be his sixth with the team.