The Astros announced they’ve placed first baseman Yuli Gurriel on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 3, with neck stiffness. Infielders Taylor Jones and Jacob Wilson are up from Triple-A Sugar Land, while fellow infielder Robel García has been optioned out.
There’s no indication Gurriel’s facing any sort of lengthy absence, but he will miss at least the next week. It’s a bit of a disappointing development for a Houston team holding a four-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West. Jones is getting the start at first base tonight against the Twins.
Last September, the Astros re-signed Gurriel to a one-year, $7MM deal with an $8MM club option for 2022. That seemed like a curious decision at the time, given that the veteran was coming off a poor 2020 season, but the Astros have been rewarded handsomely for their faith. Gurriel has rebounded to hit a fantastic .324/.388/.490 (145 wRC+) over 417 plate appearances this season. Next year’s option now looks like a no-brainer to be exercised, and the 37-year-old figures to be an important middle-of-the-order presence for Houston as they look to make a deep postseason run.