The Houston Astros got another dose of good news yesterday, as All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa was activated from the disabled list. After missing a solid chunk of the summer recovering from a torn thumb ligament, the ‘Stros will have their guy back captaining the infield and hitting cleanup.
This news comes only a couple days after the team was told they could come home to play their series against the New York Mets in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. They had originally planned to play in St. Petersburg, FL because of the storm.
Without Correa in the lineup the Astros suffered significantly, going 20-22. Correa is hitting .320 this season with 67 RBI’s and 20 dingers in 84 games. Add this piece to an already stacked offense that ranks first in most AL offensive categories and it could mean trouble for the AL come October.
While this is obviously great news for the lineup, it should not out due the pitching move that GM Jeff Lunhow and Manager AJ Hinch made to get Justin Verlander from the Tigers. Many fans and people close to the team feel the Astros now are in much better position in all facets of the game for October baseball.