Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros is dealing with a back injury that the team hopes won’t keep him out for any of the American League Division Series.
Houston manager AJ Hinch announced on Thursday that Correa will sit out this weekend’s action with what has been described as “back discomfort.”
The dynamic shortstop missed a month of action earlier in the season after suffering a lower back injury during a game in mid-August. Despite coming back a week and a half ago, Correa hasn’t played since last Saturday due to ongoing discomfort in his back.
Correa, who has only played in 75 games for the Astros this season due to various injuries, will play it safe heading into the playoffs and rest during the Astros’ serious in Anaheim against the Angels.
It’s easy to see why the Astros want Correa to be healthy. He’s a key cog of their lineup when he is healthy enough to play, having hit .279 with 21 home runs in limited playing time this season.
Instead of forcing the issue, the team will rest Correa and hope that he’s on the mend for next Friday’s ALDS opener. The Astros are set to face the winner of the AL Wild Card game in the playoff’s first round.