The Astros are close to having their lineup at full strength with the return of Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz. Brad Peacock’s return date is questionable.
Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz are currently in the midst of their rehab assignments with the Astros affiliates, AAA Round Rock and AA Corpus Christi. Brad Peacock is on rest following a setback in his comeback. Correa and Diaz are both close to their return to the club, Peacock’s schedule is still an unknown.
Diaz has played in four games to date, two each with Round Rock and Corpus Christi. He hasn’t exactly been tearing the leather off the ball, with one hit and five strikeouts in 17 plate appearances.
The good news is that he’s feeling good. “It’s tough, like you said, hamstrings are tricky and you see it with me, (I) was doing great and we had s setback two weeks ago,” Diaz said. “It is starting to gain strength. I feel good right now and we are getting almost to 100 percent.”
According to Mark Berman of Fox 26, A. J. Hinch feels he’s very close and will be back with the club most likely Monday or Tuesday.
Correa has also played in four rehab games, all with the AAA affiliate. If his results are any indication, he’s ready to don the Astros uniform once again. In 15 at-bats, he has six hits, three of those hits were doubles.
He’s been taking every third game off to not rush things but says he’s feeling great. “I’m feeling healthy, ready to go. I’ve just got to serve my time here and get some at-bats in order for me to go up there and start off hot. The main thing is don’t rush,” he said, “take it step by step, listen to the trainers, make sure you’re 100 percent when you come back.”
They feel Correa will be ready to be activated off of the 60-day Injured List when that time expires later next week.
Brad Peacock’s situation is not quite as clear as the aforementioned players. He pitched two hitless innings in one game for the Corpus Christi Hooks. Following that performance, he reported back to the Astros, threw a bullpen session and experienced the soreness in his shoulder.
"“During the game, I felt great, but I didn’t recover well,” he said. “I threw a bullpen, and after the bullpen, the (soreness) was still there. I’m taking this one a little slower and trying to get better. I hope to play catch in the next couple of days.”"
Hinch has been pleased with his progress since then and thinks he’ll be back to rehabbing soon. “We’re happy with where he’s at,” Hinch said of Peacock’s rehab efforts. “He might be able to play catch this weekend. He’s a little ways away from factoring in here. We’re happy it’s nothing serious, but until he starts playing catch, I really don’t have him on my radar.”
It will be nice to get everyone back and make that late summer push to postseason play. But the sad part is activating these three players means someone else has to go for each roster spot taken.