The Houston Astros have taken another injury-hit with Aledmys Diaz hitting the shelf. Diaz left Saturday’s game after being hit by a pitch on the left hand. As it turns out, the hand was fractured and he is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks. Houston originally hoped it was just a contusion, but that is unfortunately not the case. Diaz will be out until at least mid-July, but it could possibly be longer than that.
The injury to Diaz is a huge hit to the Astros’ depth. The 30-year-old has been extremely valuable for this Houston squad. The utility-man is the definition of plug-and-play, having played all over the field in 2021. He’s played six games at first, seven at second, six at third, three at short, nine in left, one in right, and three at DH. He’s played everywhere but center, pitcher, and catcher. Diaz has been very valuable in the batter’s box as well. In limited action, he is slashing .278/.341/.435 with nine doubles and three home runs. Just one game before his injury, he had three hits including a homer.
Other Astros Injury News
Catcher Jason Castro has been out with left Achilles soreness, but he has been doing some fieldwork. The Astros hope he can return soon, but he is not ready yet. He was hitting .271 in limited action before hitting the Injured List.
Reliever Kent Emanuel avoided Tommy John surgery, but he still had to undergo an internal bracing procedure on his left elbow. He will miss the rest of the 2021 season, but he may be ready for Opening Day in 2022.
Fortunately for Houston, Michael Brantley is expected to make his return from the IL during the Astros’ upcoming series in Boston. The series begins Tuesday.
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