Kemp started in center field and went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases Sunday against the White Sox.
Kemp swiped both of his bases against Lucas Giolito, bringing his season total to six. He's had a busy weekend on the basepaths, as he stole three bases across his past two games. With Kyle Tucker called up from Triple-A Fresno over the weekend, Kemp will lose playing time as a corner outfielder, but will be the primary backup to center fielder George Springer and his versatility will help him find at-bats.
Kemp started in left field and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Rangers.
Kemp's role with the Astros had been on decline, but the injury to shortstop Carlos Correa, who was placed on the disabled list with a back injury, triggered a roster shuffle that opens up at-bats for Kemp. Marwin Gonzalez has been starting for Correa, leaving an outfield spot for Kemp or Jake Marisnick.
Kemp is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Kemp has seen his opportunities take a hit since Josh Reddick was reinstated from the disabled list earlier this month. Though his ability to play all over the outfield has helped him pick up three starts in the past six games, Kemp may be hard pressed to cut further into the workloads of Reddick and Marwin Gonzalez, both of whom have produced well during the Astros' ongoing 10-game winning streak. The lack of consistent at-bats likely limits Kemp's relevance to AL-only formats, even though he has been a dependable contributor in deeper mixed leagues thus far with a .316 average and three stolen bases over 89 plate appearances.
Kemp will start in left field and bat ninth Sunday against the Rangers.
Kemp seemed likely to shift to a reserve role following Josh Reddick's (lower leg) reinstatement from the disabled list Wednesday, but the side injury to shortstop Carlos Correa has unexpectedly allowed Kemp to stick in the lineup for the fifth consecutive game. It still appears Kemp's days as an everyday player may be numbered, though. According to Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle, manager A.J. Hinch said Correa is expected to play Tuesday in Oakland, which will presumably result in Marwin Gonzalez shifting back to left field and bumping Kemp to the bench.
Kemp will start in center field and bat ninth Sunday against the Red Sox.
Kemp hit the bench for the Astros' past two games with the Red Sox bringing a pair of lefty starters to the hill. With Rick Porcello on the mound for Boston in the series finale, Kemp will reenter the starting nine and look to break out of his funk at the dish. Kemp has recorded just two hits in 14 at-bats over his last five contests.
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