Straw entered Thursday's game after Alex Bregman was removed with an injury to his chin. He went 1-for-2 in a 5-0 loss to Texas. Bregman took a bad-hop grounder off the chin, leaving a cut that required stitches to close. It's not a serious injury, but it left Bregman disoriented as he walked off the field. His status for Friday's game is unclear, so Straw could get the start. With Carlos Correa (fractured rib) beginning a rehab assignment next week, Straw's time with the major-league club could be ending fairly shortly.
Straw started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Angels. In the 21 games that Straw has made at least one plate appearance, he's reached base safely in 19 of them. That will lead to running opportunities for a 24-year-old who has five steals since being called up. Unfortunately, his days in Houston may be numbered. Carlos Correa (ribs) and Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) are targeting a return following the All-Star break, which will likely send Straw back to Triple-A Round Rock.
Straw started at shortstop for the second time in three games Saturday and went 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 6-5 win over the Mariners. Manager AJ Hinch feels Straw provides an element of speed that the lineup otherwise lacks. It's a lineup that has struggled to produce runs lately, leaving 89 men on base over the last 10 games while scoring just 3.4 runs per contest. "I like having him in the lineup," Hinch said. "His contact rate is really good. His speed is excellent. He adds a dimension to our lineup that we don't have a lot of and that gets him into the lineup. The only way I could do it with the configuration today was in short." Straw only started playing shortstop this year in the minors and is building up comfort and instincts at the position. With Carlos Correa (ribs) out until after the All-Star break, Straw may get a few more opportunities this coming week, though Alex Bregman is presumed to be the primary fill-in for Correa.
Straw started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees. Straw entered the starting lineup for Josh Reddick, who was given the night off. He's serving as a depth outfielder but is also the primary backup at shortstop after Houston sent Jack Mayfield to the minors. It was somewhat surprising to see Mayfield sent down, but the Astros view Straw's speed as an asset that can be utilized.
Straw entered Friday's game after Jake Marisnick departed with a left knee injury. He walked in his lone plate appearance and scored a run. Marisnick sustained the injury on a groundout to end the fifth inning and was pulled before he could trot out to center field for the sixth. The Astros are describing the injury as left knee discomfort. If the injury lingers, Straw is the likely candidate to get starts in center field with George Springer (hamstring) sidelined on the injured list.
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