Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who has been out since late June with a lower back injury, will likely be activated for this weekend’s series against the Seattle Mariners.
“We hope to get him back early at the beginning of the homestand, if all goes well,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
Correa, who went on the DL on June 26, is scheduled to play one more game for Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday.
“It feels great,” Correa told reporters about his back. “The rehab games, I’ve been really happy with them. No pain at all, no discomfort. It feels back to normal.”
Correa insisted to reporters that he feels no pain or discomfort and that things are finally “back to normal” for him.
“Obviously, it’s frustrating to do the rehab in Houston and not be able to play with the team. During my rehab I had a setback again, and I’m glad I’m back on the field and hopefully join the team soon for me to help contribute.”
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Correa will be in Corpus Christi until at least Wednesday and then the evaluation process begins on whether he is healthy enough to return to the Astros. Correa is 3 for 13 during his stint with the Hooks, which includes a double and a home run, and he has one RBI.
Correa’s return marks excellent timing for the Astros, as some of their best players have been floating on and off the DL all season, and the situation is currently as dire as it’s ever been.
He is one of a handful of key Astros injured as stars Jose Altuve, George Springer, Lance McCullers Jr. and Chris Devenski are all out. The Astros, though, continue to win and are leading the American League West.
“It makes you feel a little better when you are still on the (disabled list) and still winning,” Correa said. “I’m happy they are playing good baseball.”
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