Houston Astros

Astros jockeying for playoff position as series with Rangers continues

The return of second baseman Jose Altuve from the 10-day injured list Tuesday appeared to move the Houston Astros one step closer to being whole, but yet another malady was lurking.

Shortstop Carlos Correa departed in the sixth inning of the Astros’ 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park after fouling a pitch off his left ankle.

Correa appeared in extreme distress and required help exiting the field following the play, but the Astros received a measure of positive news when subsequent tests revealed nothing more severe than a bone bruise.

Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (3-2, 5.79 ERA) gets the start for Houston on Wednesday, his first following a trip to the 10-day injured list with neck nerve irritation.

The Rangers (17-31) took a positive out of the resilient effort of rookie right-hander Kyle Cody, who surrendered the first home run of his career to Astros center fielder George Springer leading off the first inning and pitched around a bases-loaded, no-out pickle in the second.

“I don’t want him to struggle but he hadn’t really had much adversity up to this point as a major leaguer,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.

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