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Carlos Correa expects to be activated from DL on Friday

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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.

Report: Joe Girardi waiting for opening with Cubs

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Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi took himself out of the running for the Reds’ and Rangers’ managerial openings. The “industry speculation” is that Girardi is waiting a year for a potential opening to manage the Cubs.

Current Cubs manager Joe Maddon has one more year left on his contract. While the Cubs have played quite well under his tenure, the front office and Maddon haven’t had any discussions about an extension, which means 2019 might be his final year with the club. Under Maddon’s leadership since 2015, the Cubs won the championship in 2016 and compiled a 387-261 (.597) record during the regular season.

Girardi, 54, spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Cubs and another three towards the end of his career. He managed the Marlins for one year in 2006, then managed the Yankees from 2008-17, leading them to a World Series in ’09 and an overall regular season record of 910-710 (.562).