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Astros Morning Snippets: Alex Bregman is coming along in his elbow surgery recovery

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros turns a double play in the fifth inning during MLB game action as Danny Jansen #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays slides into second base at Rogers Centre on September 25, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros turns a double play in the fifth inning during MLB game action as Danny Jansen #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays slides into second base at Rogers Centre on September 25, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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The latest news around the Astros and baseball on February 18th, including an update about Alex Bregman‘s recovery from elbow surgery and other general updates around camp.

Bregman continuing to progress from offseason elbow surgery

As you may recall, the Astros‘ star third baseman is continuing to recover from offseason elbow surgery. So far, so good, as pointed out here by Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Bregman is key to the Astros’ hopes of contending for another World Series title in 2019, and they’ll need him at full strength.

Pay attention to Chris Devenski in 2019

Jake Kaplan of The Athletic has a thorough breakdown here about Devenski’s sudden decline in effectiveness in 2018, and how the right-hander aims to improve in 2019. One of the club’s key relievers in 2017, the Astros need a resurgent Devenski to help stabilize a bullpen that has potential to be one of the best this year.

No first base for Michael Brantley

Also noted by Kaplan here, it doesn’t sound like manager A.J. Hinch is going to give Brantley any looks at first base. Instead, we should look for Brantley in right field at some point. All in all, the update isn’t terribly surprising, although it was speculated by fans that the former Indian could see some action there when he signed with Houston earlier this winter.

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Breaking balls and Carlos Correa

It is no secret that Correa had a rough 2018 season, primarily due to a recurring back injury that sidelined him for most of the summer. With an offseason of rest and rehab behind him, Correa looks to reclaim his status as one of the best young players in the game today. One area of interest to watch for this season: His performance against breaking pitches.

From 2015-17, Correa posted a .315 wOBA against breaking pitches. The league average wOBA for the same three seasons was .263. In 2018, Correa saw his wOBA against breaking pitches dramatically fall to .207 while the league average was .265.

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