Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who hasn’t played since he tore a ligament in his thumb on July 17, said Friday he expects to swing a bat next week, which would put him about a week ahead of schedule from his original recovery timeline.
Houston’s Charlie Morton and Toronto’s Marco Estrada will square off on Saturday at Minute Maid Park in the second game of a three-game series between the Astros and Blue Jays.
After scoring only seven runs over consecutive losses to the Rays their previous three games, the Astros erupted for nine runs in the fourth inning of their 16-7 win in the series opener vs. the Blue Jays, including homers by Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel, to take a 12-3 lead.
Astros catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis is likely headed to the seven-day concussion disabled list. Gattis revealed his concussion diagnosis after the club’s 16-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night — a game in which he didn’t play — but said he wasn’t sure what the next step was.
The Astros broke out of their offensive malaise by clubbing five homers, including two by Tyler White, to snap a three-game losing streak with a 16-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
As the storm rolled in, players from the Houston Astros and Nobu Yamauchi Senior Division of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program played a game of toss combined with tic-tac-toe, right on the face of a baseball at Great American Ballpark Wednesday night.
Seven Astros have went on the disabled list since July 18. Most of them, including All-Stars Carlos Correa and George Springer, are progressing in their rehab, manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday.
When you put it all together — acquiring players who put the ball in play, maximizing players’ talents, matching up players in situations where they will not strike out as much and hit with more power — the Astros have found themselves a few steps ahead of every other team in baseball.
Right-hander Brad Peacock will make his return to the Astros’ starting rotation when his ballclub opens a three-game series against the Blue Jays on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. He will take the mound against Toronto right-hander Cesar Valdez.
In the past six days, Francisco Liriano has pitched in two different uniforms. Traded from the Blue Jays to the Astros before Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, Liriano was sent to Houston to serve as a left-handed specialist in the Astros’ bullpen, which previously had rookie Reymin Guduan as its only southpaw.
Steven Souza Jr. went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning to lead the Rays to their third consecutive win, 5-3, and a series victory over the first-place Astros on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.