Astros SS Carlos Correa expected to return Friday

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa walks out for batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

[UPDATE]: With Friday’s matchup postponed, the Houston Astros were hoping that shortstop Carlos Correa could return on Sunday against the New York Mets. With Sunday now upon us, the prolific middle infielder has been activated from the Astros’ 10-day disabled list.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has been working his way back into the fold in recent days after being placed on the disabled list in mid-July due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. Correa began a rehab assignment with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate in Fresno last week, and on Tuesday it was reported that he is on schedule to make his return to the Astros Friday.

Just over a week ago, Correa took batting practice for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair the torn ligament, with his rehab stint in Fresno beginning two days after that.

Wednesday’s outing against El Paso, in which he was 2-for-5 with two runs batted in, was Correa’s first complete game at shortstop during the rehab stint. Correa started each of his first two games at short, getting three at-bats before being replaced, and he served as Fresno’s designated hitter on Aug. 27. According to the report, Correa will get one last start for Fresno on Wednesday before making his return to the Astros.

Correa has appeared in 84 games for the Astros this season, and he’s hitting .320 with 20 home runs, 67 runs batted in and a .966 OPS. With Correa out of the lineup, manager A.J. Hinch has called upon Marwin Gonzalez and Alex Bregman to fill the void at shortstop.

Gonzalez is currently hitting .299 with 21 home runs, 73 RBIs and a .909 OPS, with Bregman’s numbers (.284 BA, 16 home runs, 54 RBIs, .846 OPS and 14 stolen bases) being nothing to scoff at either. Gonzalez has a .983 fielding percentage at short this season, with Bregman’s fielding percentage being .955.

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