The Astros have shut star shortstop Carlos Correa down for the remainder of the regular season because of a back issue, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle tweets. The club expects Correa to be ready when its first-round playoff series begins next week, according to manager A.J. Hinch.
While this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury, it’s nonetheless alarming with the Astros headed toward the playoffs. Back problems have been an all-too-common occurrence over the past couple seasons for Correa. The 25-year-old returned just a week ago from a back injury that kept him out of action for almost a month, though he hasn’t played since last Saturday.
When Correa has been healthy enough to take the field this season, he has once again been one of the Astros’ top performers. Correa has slashed .279/.358/.568 with 21 home runs in 321 plate appearances to help the Astros to the No. 1 seed in the American League. With just a few days remaining in the regular season, Houston holds a 2 1/2-game lead over New York for homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs.