Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa on IL due to health and safety protocols

Jul 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; A face is visible through the scoreboard as Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) looks on during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros placed shortstop Carlos Correa on the 10-day injured list due to health and safety protocols prior to Friday night’s home game against the New York Yankees.

Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters a short time before the move was announced that Correa was battling a illness and wasn’t at the ballpark.

Correa pulled out of next Tuesday’s All-Star Game on Thursday, citing that he wanted to spend time with his pregnant wife.

The 26-year-old Correa is batting .288 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs in 82 games.

Infielder/outfielder Taylor Jones was recalled in a corresponding move. Jones, 27, is hitting .175 with five RBIs in 21 games with Houston this season.

The Astros hold a 4 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West entering Friday’s opener of a three-game series with the Yankees.

–Field Level Media