A left hamstring strain forced Aledmys Diaz to be removed from the Astros’ lineup during the first inning of today’s game, and manager A.J. Hinch told reporters (including The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan) that the injury is likely to send Diaz to the 10-day injured list. Diaz missed three games last week due to hamstring soreness, and re-aggravated the injury while running the bases today.
Like pretty much everyone on the Astros’ roster this season, Diaz has been enjoying a good year at the plate, hitting .286/.321/.510 with five homers over 109 plate appearances. Houston acquired the 28-year-old utilityman in a trade with Toronto during the offseason, seeing Diaz as an alternative to departing free agent Marwin Gonzalez. Diaz has lived up to that versatile billing, starting at least two games at five different positions (all four infield slots and left field) this year. Much of Diaz’s recent action has come at second base, as he has been filling in for the injured Jose Altuve.
While it hasn’t yet affected their big lead in the AL West, the Astros have been bit by the injury bug over the last few weeks, with Altuve, George Springer, Collin McHugh, Max Stassi, and now Diaz all sidelined. The good news is that Altuve is expected back in a few days’ time, filling one major hole in the club’s lineup. Depending on how long Diaz is out of action, Yuli Gurriel could handle backup shortstop duties behind Carlos Correa, though Gurriel has only played two games at short in his four MLB seasons. Myles Straw is another consideration, as the outfielder has been seeing action at shortstop at Triple-A.