Astros send Tyler White down with no corresponding move

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HOUSTON, TX - JULY 14: Tyler White #13 of the Houston Astros hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park on July 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 14: Tyler White #13 of the Houston Astros hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park on July 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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The Astros make a roster move before the All-Star break by sending Tyler White down.

Dallas Keuchel got to do something he hasn’t in a few years. He got to take a break during the All-Star break. With a new year, some new faces went to Washington DC to represent the Astros in the All-Star game. George Springer and Jose Altuve are the only two who were All-Stars last year. Joining those two this year were Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton. When they return to the team, they will have a new face in the lineup.

When it looked like Tyler White was starting to break out, hitting homers in back to back games. According to Jake Kaplan, he was optioned to Triple-A after Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Tigers. There was no corresponding move. They said they would announce that after the break. White was batting .219 with two homers and three RBI in 32 at-bats via Baseball-Reference.

Until then, we are left to speculate who will be joining the team.

Yesterday evening was the Home Run Derby with Bregman falling short in the first round against Cubs’ slugger Kyle Schwarber. Now we look forward to the All-Star game tonight, with Altuve, Bregman, and Morton likely to get some playing time. Following that game, many of the Astros players will be heading to the ESPYS. Then they will play versus the Angels on Friday night to kick off the second-half.

On July 13th, Brian McTaggart reported that the Astros were hopeful to get Carlos Correa some rehab appearances during the All-Star break. Correa has missed some time nursing a sore back, has been out since June 28th. It wasn’t expected that he would miss this much time, but they are being overly cautious.

Two days later, Jake Kaplan reported that the Astros still didn’t have a plan regarding Correa. AJ Hinch told reporters that he would rehab at Minute Maid Park and he would not rule him out for the road trip. That is interesting because Correa has not played baseball in about 2.5 weeks. While the Astros don’t have a huge lead in the AL West, there is no need to rush him back early. Send him to Corpus Christi or Fresno for three games or so.

Who will be activated?

It’s Tuesday, so could Correa get a chance to get some minor league at-bats between now and then? Why did they send White down now? So he has time to report to Triple-A and get back in the lineup. Could the Astros be calling up another player on the 40-man roster, such as AJ Reed or JD Davis?

If Correa does not make the surprise appearance in the lineup on Friday, maybe it could be Davis. Yuli Gurriel has played some third base recently, with Bregman moving to shortstop so White could play first base. Maybe they wanted someone like Davis, who has played more third base this year. They could be more comfortable with Davis platooning with Kyle Tucker in left-field. Maybe they want the lefty bat of Reed. Who knows?

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There are so many factors to consider here, but it could be much ado about nothing. Hopefully, Correa is returning to the lineup, but it would be odd without a rehab assignment. Let’s enjoy the All-Star game tonight. The Astros have a league-high six representatives in Washington DC.

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