According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Houston Astros infielders Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz will both begin minor league rehab assignments with the club’s AAA Round Rock affiliate on Monday (Twitter link). That the two up-the-middle players would begin rehab assignments simultaneously is fitting, considering that both have been sidelined with injuries since a May 26th matchup against the Boston Red Sox.
Correa had been off to a nice start in 2019 after a down campaign last year, posting an excellent 140 wRC+ (.295 /.360/.547 slash line) in his first 50 games before being felled by a rib injury. As The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan points out, Correa’s assignment to Round Rock projects to be a slightly lengthy one, as his recent placement on the 60-day IL renders him ineligible to return to the Astros until July 26th at the earliest (Twitter link).
In Diaz, however, the Astros should be able to soon welcome back a capable Correa fill-in. Acquired in an offseason trade with the Blue Jays in exchange for Trent Thornton, Diaz has mostly served in something of a Marwin Gonzalez-esque role for the ’Stros, logging time at all four infield spots and in left field in 2019. If he is able to return from his hamstring injury in time for Houston’s upcoming July 19th homestand, as Kaplan expects, Diaz and Myles Straw would represent two respectable options to hold down short until Correa’s return.