White will start at first base and bat sixth Wednesday against the Reds, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. White was expected to be one of the playing-time losers after top prospect Yordan Alvarez was promoted to the big leagues June 9, but the 28-year-old will surprisingly pick up his eighth consecutive start at first base while Yuli Gurriel shifts across the diamond. To his credit, White has warranted the regular role lately with a 1.119 OPS over the preceding seven games, but he could be in danger of moving to the bench as soon as his production slows down. It doesn't help White's case that the Astros brought back an everyday player in Jose Altuve (hamstring) from the injured list Wednesday, with another in George Springer (hamstring) likely to be reinstated next week.
White went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 10-8 win over the Brewers. White hit just his second home run of the season. As the Astros roll out a lineup missing a third of its prime hitters due to injury, White has not filled the gap. He has just eight extra-base hits over 44 games and is slugging .315, the lowest mark among Houston's regulars.
White is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. White had started three straight games before moving to the bench for Saturday's 4-1 loss. With the Astros promoting top prospect Yordan Alvarez from Triple-A Round Rock and inserting him into the lineup at designated hitter Sunday in his MLB debut, White's chances of resurfacing as a regular player for Houston will only become more difficult.
White is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He'll retreat to the bench for a second straight game while Michael Brantley serves as the Astros' designated hitter. With the likes of Carlos Correa (ribs), Jose Altuve (hamstring), George Springer (hamstring) and Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) all on the injured list, White's path to everyday at-bats was thought to be secure, but that's apparently not going to be the case. Until White begins to display more power -- he's delivered just seven extra-base hits (six doubles, one homer) in 128 plate appearances -- the Astros may continue to rotate a number of players at DH.
White started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs. The Astros shuffled their lineup once again Wednesday in response to a number of injuries. Yuli Gurriel moved across the diamond to third base while Alex Bregman covered shortstop for the injured Carlos Correa (ribs). Jose Altuve (hamstring) and Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) are also sidelined on the injured list, creating a situation that could lead to more consistent at-bats for White, who has started three straight games. He's batting .220/.304/.303, and his extra-base hit Wednesday was just his seventh in 109 at-bats.
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