Correa (nose) underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Correa acknowledged that he was having issues breathing on the diamond during games this past year, so he elected to go the surgical route in order to correct this problem before the 2019 campaign. On the flip side, the shortstop stated that he doesn't expect to require back surgery this offseason after battling a back injury dating back to late June. Across 110 games this past year, he slashed .239/.323/.405 and will benefit from a few months of rest to get back to 100 percent.
Correa is starting at shortstop and hitting cleanup in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Correa is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak -- including a three-hit, two-RBI effort in Game 4 on Wednesday -- prompting manager A.J. Hinch to move the shortstop to the heart of the order after hitting him no higher than sixth through the team's first seven games of the postseason. Correa, who is hitting .280/.419/.440 with a 6:6 K:BB so far this postseason, will face southpaw David Price in this one.
Correa is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. Correa started the previous three games before taking a seat for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader. The 24-year-old has a .239/.323/.405 slash line with 15 home runs in 402 at-bats this season. Marwin Gonzalez will start at shortstop while Tony Kemp grabs the start in left field.
Correa went 2-for-5 with a double, a solo home run and two RBI in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles. It's the first time since early May that Correa has collected multiple extra-base hits in one game. The 24-year-old is not in the lineup for the nightcap and entered the day with a .175/.284/.211 slash line in September.
Correa will be on the bench for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles. The Astros will use a total of 16 different players to start either or both games Saturday, with most players resting for at least one of the two matchups. Correa's rest will come in the nightcap after batting second and playing shortstop in the first contest. Alex Bregman will take over at shortstop for the second game.