The Astros won their 67th game last night, but players are dropping like flies out there.
As we celebrate the latest Astros victory, rightly or not, the team suffered another ill-timed injury.
Wait, all injuries are ill-timed, right?
Regardless, Alex Bregman is the latest position player to be sidelined due to injury. This time the culprit was hamstring tightness.
This is discouraging news for an Astros team already missing Carlos Correa and George Springer. But like Springer, Houston’s management is stating that Bregman will be out on a day-to-day basis.
Bergman, who is in his age-23 season, has been a steady force most of the season for the Astros. In fact, the infielder has posted a batting line of .265/.349/.437 with an 113 wRC+ in 371 plate appearances.
The good news has to be Bregman isn’t expected to miss much time. Hamstring injuries, though, have the potential to be troublesome so the Astros may be wise to take their time with Bregman. After all, the team will have an off-day on Thursday so it may be worth sitting their starting third baseman today as not to risk further injury.
In the meantime, the Astros have options to cover Bregman’s absence, brief or not. Yulieski Gurriel, for example, can be transitioned over to the third base. Tyler White is another option along with Marwin Gonzalez. However, Gonzalez will be filing in at shortstop with Correa and Bregman out. So, Gurriel or White it is at third base. The other will obvisouly be penciled in as the first baseman.
Regardless, the Astros large lead in the AL West has afforded the team flexibility. As such, do not be surprised to not see Houston take their time with both Springer and Bregman. This team is playing for October, not a weekday game in late July.
**Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs**