Astros shortstop Carlos Correa’s minor league rehab stint continues in New Orleans

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Carlos Correa

METAIRIE – Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was at the Shrine on Airline on Friday night, but did not play.

He’s expected to resume his rehabilitation stint with the Triple-A Round Rock Express when they face the New Orleans Baby Cakes at 6 p.m. Saturday and again at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The 2015 American League Rookie of the Year has been sidelined since suffering a fractured rib in late May. He has played in three games for the Express, going 5 for 10 with two doubles and two RBI, and should be back in the Astros lineup in about a week.

“Today is a scheduled off day for him,” Express manager Mickey Storey said before Friday’s game. “He’ll play the next two days. He’s pretty much full go, feeling good. He’s going to be with us for a couple more days, be re-evaluated and see if he can get back to Houston soon.”

Correa, 24, was the No. 1 overall draft choice in 2012, was called up in 2015 and was an All-Star in 2017 when the Astros when their only World Series championship. He said he expects to be activated as soon as his time on the 60-day disabled list expires, which would be July 28 for the finale of a three-game series at St. Louis.

“It’s been a positive first three games,” Correa said. “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.

Correa went through a rehab assignment last season when he worked his way back from a back injury.

“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.”

Correa was batting .295 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI in 50 games and had reached base safely in 13 of his last 15 games before being injured.

“He looks good,” Storey said. “He’s obviously one of the best players in the game. He looks like the player I’ve seen for the last couple of years at spring training and the last couple of regular seasons in the big leagues. He’s definitely pretty close to full go.

“He’s hitting well, he’s playing good infield. He’s doing what superstar players do when they come to Triple-A – making it look like this is the wrong league. Sometimes you don’t always get that and sometimes you get guys who are coming back that don’t play well, but he definitely is.”

The Astros can afford to be patient with Correa as they entered play Friday in first place in the AL West, 5.5 games ahead of the Oakland Athletics.

“He’s swinging the ball well, he feels good, he’s moving well, which is important,” Storey said. “He’s had a couple of plays in the field where you see it – all of the actions look good. He’s pretty close.

“It’s tough to take that much time off and just get right back into it so it’s good that he’s going to play a number of games with us – game play, game speed, offense, defense, base running, instincts, all that stuff – so he has a good feel on everything for his return to Houston.”

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