Carlos Correa joins Express for rehab assignment in PCL Championship series


Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa watches his grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — With their backs against the wall and facing a win-or-the-season’s-over scenario in the Pacific Coast League Championship series, the Express are getting a little extra help from the Astros.

All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa is joining the E-Train for a rehab assignment starting Friday for game three against Sacramento. Correa is working his way back from back discomfort and trying to work his way back to the big club in time for Houston’s playoff run.

He’s been on the Injured List since August 21. This is his second appearance with Round Rock this season.

Correa played six games for the Express in July rehabbing from broken ribs allegedly suffered during a massage. Correa hit .333 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored during his first stint in Round Rock.

Round Rock is down 0-2 to the River Cats in a best-of-five championship series. It needs a win Friday to force a game four on Saturday. If they’re able to win the next two games, it’ll be a winner-take-all game five on Sunday at Dell Diamond.

First pitch for game three is at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

The Astros’ magic number to clinch the American League West division sits at eight after losing three of a four game series against Oakland. Houston, trailing New York by two games for the best record in the American League standings, opens a series at Kansas City Friday.

With 14 games remaining in the regular season, Correa should have at least a week to get back into form before the postseason begins.

Correa has compiled a .278 batting average (75-270) with 16 doubles, a triple, 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 72 games with the Astros.

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