Kevin Correia’s terrible second half now includes trip to DL

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Kevin Correia made the All-Star team on the basis of his 11 first-half wins, but his 4.07 ERA was nothing special and not surprisingly the 30-year-old pitcher with a 4.57 career ERA coming into this season came crashing back down to earth after the break.

Correia is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break, allowing opponents to hit .338 off him, and now he’s headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

Recovery timetables can be difficult to project with oblique injuries, because they tend to linger and setbacks are always looming, but Correia figures to miss at least a few weeks. And if he can’t return in September at some point Correia will finish his “All-Star season” with a 12-11 record and 4.79 ERA.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.