Manager Dusty Baker said Gurriel was removed from Wednesday's win over the Angels because the first baseman was suddenly "feeling sick," Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The 36-year-old went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer before being replaced in the field for the top of the eighth inning. It's unclear if the ailment will affect Gurriel's availability for Thursday's series opener against the Rangers.
Gurriel went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Astros' 5-1 win Tuesday over the Angels. Gurriel provided key insurance runs with his eighth-inning shot off Alex Claudio. He's reached base safely 10 times in his last five games. The 37-year-old leads the Astros in extra-base hits (17), RBI (28), walks (18) and OPS (.970). He is slashing .333/.412/.558 in 148 plate appearances.
Gurriel went 4-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 10-4 win over the Blue Jays. Gurriel launched a two-run shot in the fifth inning and later drove in runs in the seventh and eighth to extend Houston's lead. It was his first homer since April 25, giving him five on the season with 24 RBI. The 36-year-old is slashing .342/.420/.553 through 131 plate appearances.
Gurriel is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. The 36-year-old started the first 25 games of the season at first base for the Astros, and he'll receive a well-earned day off after posting a .999 OPS with four homers, seven doubles, 16 RBI and 11 runs. Aledmys Diaz will take over at first base in place of Gurriel on Friday.
Gurriel went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's 5-2 win over Seattle. This was his league-high-tying ninth multi-hit game of the season. He's up to 28 hits, which ties him for fifth in MLB. With Houston's stars returning from a stay on the COVID-19 protocols list, Gurriel's hits are producing runs. He's collected an RBI in six consecutive games, totaling 11 over that span.
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