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.
The Astros have placed catcher Jason Castro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad and recalled catcher Max Stassi from Triple-A Fresno, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports. Stassi will be available for Saturday’s contest against the Twins.
Stassi, 24, has struggled in his second season at Triple-A, batting .211/.279/.384 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 328 plate appearances. The Astros acquired him from the Athletics in February 2013 in the Jed Lowrie trade. Stassi had brief stints in the majors in both 2013 and ’14, but is still searching for his first big league home run.
Castro hits the shelf batting .220/.284/.395 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 327 PA.
The Yankees told the Astros to play the game the right way last night. Seems like, given that winning is the point of the game, Houston is doing just fine in that department.
Evan Gattis hit two home runs and starter Collin McHugh pitched solidly into the seventh inning, giving Houston their 71st win of the year. Last year Houston won 70 games all season. Until this year the franchise hadn’t won more than 70 since 2010. That team had Carlos Lee and Roy Oswalt on it. Not ancient history, but man, when was the last time you thought of those guys?
For the Yankees it marks the end of a 10-game home stand which began with them sweeping the Twins in impressive fashion. Since then they’ve dropped three of four to the Indians and two of three to Houston. Just a bad stretch or is a long season and a lot of games without a day off starting to catch up to an older roster?
Bright side: they get the day off tomorrow and begin a series against the hapless Braves on Friday. Time to win some games or else they may be looking at the Blue Jays’ tail lights.