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Astros to place Carlos Correa on the DL on Friday due to back injury

One of the Astros best hitters is headed for a stint on the disabled list with a bulky back.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

A whole lot has gone right for the Astros in the last several years. They won the World Series last year with a stable of talented arms and a roster full of young, talented players. They are/were a team that is poised to not only be good in the short-term, but for years to come. They have lived up to that billing this year as they are widely considered to be one of the best teams in the entire league and lead the AL West with a 54-28 record.

However, if today is any indication, the Astros’ hot start does not mean that they are immune to speed bumps on their road to potentially being back-to-back World Series champs.

Correa has missed the last couple of games with stiffness in his back and it appears that the injury is severe enough that the team feels like it will need some extended rest. The 23-year old has been a critical part of the Astros’ success in recent years. Correa is coming off back-to-back 5+ fWAR seasons and is well on his way to another one as he has accumulated 2.4 fWAR through his first 73 games this season.

If any lineup in baseball is capable of absorbing the short-term loss of a guy as productive as Correa, its the Astros. They had to go without him for a fairly lengthy stretch last year as he tore a ligament in his left thumb and missed a big chunk of the Astros’ playoff push. That seemed to work out pretty well for Houston.

In 2018, Carlos has posted a .268/.352/.480 line with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs.