Astros’ McCormick to start rehab assignment; Alvarez improving

Apr 21, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez (44) celebrates in the dugout after a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Astros’ McCormick to start rehab assignment; Alvarez improving

Chas McCormick and Yordan Alvarez are getting closer to making their returns, Astros manager Dusty Baker said before Friday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

McCormick hasn’t played since April 14, when vision issues forced him out of the game in the third inning. He was placed on the IL on April 18 after experiencing low back tightness during a workout. He will join Double-Corpus Christi to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday.

Alvarez returned to Houston before the team’s series in Tampa on Monday due to neck pain. The Astros have not placed him on the injured list, and he was listed as a reserve on Friday’s lineup card, though Baker declined to say if he’d be available off the bench so as not to tip off the Phillies.

McCormick has a .275/.383/.500 slash line this season, and moved into the leadoff spot before his injury.

Alvarez’s 27 RBI are second most in baseball, and he has compiled a .900 OPS in 20 games despite missing most of spring training due to hand soreness.

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