Astros injury update: Time for a momentary reprieve

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 23: Lance McCullers Jr.
BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 23: Lance McCullers Jr. /

While there are much more important issues along the Gulf Coast at the moment, a quick Astros injury update may be slightly helpful to our readers in terms of a momentary reprieve.

The Astros are about to return home following today’s game in Tampa, Florida against the Texas Rangers. But some of the players are still out on the disabled list.

First, let’s discuss Lance McCullers latest outing last night, which was good news for him and the Astros.

The Astros will need a healthy Lance McCullers to go far in the postseason. As of late, the starting rotation has produced a mixed bag of results. The goal now appears for McCullers to rejoin the Astros next week in Seattle.

If McCullers can regain his early season form, then the Astros will be in better shape to contend in October.

Next on the injury agenda is Carlos Correa, who should be making his return to the Astros lineup as soon as Sunday.

Correa was in the midst of a MVP-caliber season – 158 wRC+ in 375 plate appearances – before he tore a left thumb ligament during a swing in a mid-July game. Like McCullers, the Astros need a healthy and effective Correa to have their best chance at advancing in the postseason.

Tony Sipp is also approaching a return to the majors when the rosters expand on Friday.

Sipp’s return may not be high on the anticipation, but he would provide additional depth the bullpen.

Yuli Gurriel experienced a bout of knee soreness last night in Tampa, but he shouldn’t be on the shelf for too long. In fact, he could play in one of the two games on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Evan Gattis will be placed on the disabled list courtesy of a ball off the wrist injury in Anaheim.

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I hope this injury update managed to provide you, the valued reader, a momentary reprieve from the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey. In a strange way writing this post was somewhat therapeutic to me. Please remember to keep everyone affected in your thoughts and prayers. Baseball is not important today. God bless!

**Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs**