Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said he expects to be activated from the 10-day disabled list before Firday’s game against the Mariners, MLB.com’s Christian Boutwell reports.
Correa, 23, has been on the disabled list since June 26 due to a lower back injury. Prior to that, he was batting a lusty .268/.352/.480 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI in 315 plate appearances.
While he has been sidelined, Marwin Gonzalez and Alex Bregman have handled shortstop. Gonzalez has since moved to second base after Jose Altuvé went down with a knee injury.
When Correa returns, he will rejoin an Astros team that stands at 73-42 in first place in the AL West. They entered Thursday’s action five games up on the Athletics and eight games up on the Mariners.
White Sox starter Iván Nova was able to escape a jam in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Astros with the help of a triple play. Nova had allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp, then hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Facing Jake Marisnick in a 1-1 count, Nova threw a 94 MPH fastball that Marisnick sharply grounded to Yoán Moncada right at the third base bag. Moncada quickly fired the ball to Yolmer Sánchez at second base, then Sánchez whipped the ball to José Abreu at first base just ahead of a lunging Marisnick to complete the triple-killing.
According to Baseball Almanac, it’s the 718th known triple play dating back to 1876. The last time the White Sox turned a triple play was 2016. They turned three triple plays that season, amusingly. The Astros have been victimized by two of the last three triple plays, having also hit into one on April 19 last year against the Mariners.