Gerrit Cole a late scratch from Tuesday’s start vs. White Sox

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Astros starter Gerrit Cole was a late scratch from his scheduled start in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. According to AT&T SportsNet reporter/host Julia Morales, Cole warmed up for a few minutes before going back to the clubhouse. Chris Devenski began warming up in the bullpen and started the game in Cole’s place.

Cole, 28, is in the midst of another great season. He’s 14-5 with a 2.87 ERA and a 226/39 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings. No one in the league has more strikeouts than Cole. Teammate Justin Verlander is second at 217.

Obviously, losing Cole for any amount of time would be a big loss for the Astros. Thankfully, they were able to add an ace to the rotation at the trade deadline, acquiring Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks.

The Astros should provide the reason behind Cole’s absence later tonight. (Update, 9:25 PM EST: It was right hamstring discomfort, per’s Brian McTaggart.)

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.