Check out the ground covered and route efficiency on this Byron Buxton catch from Saturday …
Data really is beautiful. Buxton is having a rough weekend offensively and he owns a weak .205/.235/.269 batting line in his first 82 major league plate appearances, but the 21-year-old has met the hype on defense.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa hasn’t appeared in a game since Tuesday night due to discomfort in his left hamstring. And he’s apparently still hobbled.
Correa is out of the Astros’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Twins due to what’s now being described as a hamstring strain, per Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle.
This is probably a case of the ‘Stros playing it safe with a young star. They do have a four-game lead in the American League West standings and Correa has been pushed hard over the last three months.
Marwin Gonzalez is starting at shortstop and batting second Sunday versus Twins right-hander Ervin Santana.
Look for the 20-year-old Correa to return to action early this week. He’s slashing .278/.347/.510 with 15 home runs, 43 RBI, and 11 stolen bases through his first 68 major league games.
Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn rolled his right ankle in the eighth inning of a shutout bid Saturday against the Giants and had to be pulled from the game, but it sounds like he is going to be fine.
According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lynn was diagnosed with a “mild” right ankle sprain and team trainers “were encouraged by the limited swelling” in his lower right leg. Lynn was moving around the visitors clubhouse at AT&T Park without a bad limp and even wore his pair of cowboy boots back to the Cardinals’ hotel.
If the husky 28-year-old does need to miss a turn in the rotation, the Cardinals can call on either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney. That won’t be difficult with major league rosters expanding on Tuesday.
Lynn worked seven scoreless innings on Saturday in San Francisco and boasts a 2.80 ERA on the year.