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03.06.2019 04:18
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HOUSTON (AP) — d from the team’s 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday because of a sore neck.The Astros don’t think the problem is serious , but there’s a chance he won’t be ready for the start of the regular season Thursday. Manager AJ Hinch said Correa was “uncomfortable” after being tagged in a rundown in Friday’s game.“We can’t dwell on it,” Hinch said. “We’ll see if he can play on Thursday. We don’t think it’s a long-term serious issue, but I don’t love the fact that we’ve had to scratch him … and that he’s heading into the season having not played for a few days.”Hinch said Correa has still been doing baseball activities despite not appearing in a game since Friday.“He’s taken ground balls and he’s done a lot, he’s hit a little bit in the cage,” Hinch said. “But I’m not going to play him until he’s ready.”Correa’s setback comes a season after he missed six weeks with a back injury that lingered throughout the season. He 13 homers and 49 RBIs the first half of last season, but he never got over a pinched nerve in a disc in his back in the second half and batted just .180 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.The back problem left him with the lowest batting average of his four-year career (.239) and his fewest hits (96), doubles (20), homers (15) and RBIs (65).THE FUTUREThe Astros got a good look at two of their top pitching prospects on Tuesday in J.B. Bukauskas and Corbin Martin.Bukauskas started for Houston and allowed three hits and two runs while striking out three in four innings to give him a 1.69 ERA this spring. Bukauskas Jeff Mathis Jersey , who was the 15th overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft, hasn’t ascended past Double-A in his first two seasons in the organization.It will be some time before he’s part of the big league club, but the Astros are high on the 22-year-old right hander. He’ll probably start the season in Double-A, but is likely to see time at Triple-A Round Rock before the end of this season.Martin took over for the fifth and struck out six and walked three without allowing a hit in four scoreless innings. The right-hander could get a shot with the Astros sooner than Bukauskas, but is likely to open the 2019 season in Round Rock.Martin, who was drafted in the second round in 2017 out of Texas A&M, went 7-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 21 games with 18 starts in Double-A last season. Hinch raved about the 23-year-old.“I love him,” Hinch said. “I love what he can offer as a pitcher. He’s got a lot of characteristics that we see in major league starters and that’s exciting to see.”Hinch said it’s easy to project Martin as an MLB starter because he has four pitches and has shown he is capable of retaining his velocity throughout an outing. With a rotation headlined by veterans Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole Tyler Glasnow Jersey , the Astros likely won’t be looking for another starter this season. But if they do, Hinch can see Martin being the guy.“He can impact us this season,” Hinch said. “I don’t know if we’ll need it. I don’t know if he’ll pitch well enough to warrant a call-up, but if he does I’ve really enjoyed his way.”Brandon Maurer started for the Pirates on Tuesday and struck out one in a perfect inning.HOMERSMelky Cabrera’s first home run this spring put the Pirates up 2-0 in the fourth inning. George Springer went deep for the second time this spring when he connected off Eduardo Vera on a solo shot in the bottom of the inning.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Jameson Taillon will make his first career opening day start when the Pirates begin the season on Thursday at Cincinnati.Astros: Verlander will make his 11th career opening day start and his second straight with the Astros when they open the season on Thursday at Tampa Bay. Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesToronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told reporters that "there's no firm timeline" on prized prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s arrival to the bigs."There's no firm timeline on when he arrives or when he is playing in Toronto for the first time," Atkins said Thursday at spring training. "But we want to make sure he's the best possible third baseman and the best possible hitter he can be."Guerrero, who turns 20 years old in March, is already making waves. Over four levels of minor league baseball last season, the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero slashed .381/.437/.636. Most impressively Adam Frazier Jersey , Guerrero had no problem with Triple-A pitching based on producing six home runs, 16 RBI and a .336 batting average in 30 games.Unsurprisingly, Guerrero is the top-ranked player on MLB Pipeline's list of the top 100 prospects. He received a perfect 80 grade for his hitting ability as well. The site's scouting report is glowing:"Guerrero is an elite, generational-type hitter who stands out as much for his physical tools at the plate as his approach and capacity for making adjustments. His swing is both explosive and efficient, a combination of electric bat speed, physical strength and off-the-charts barrel control, and it makes him adept at crushing both heaters and secondary pitches to all parts of the field. He has 80-grade raw power and hit a career-high 20 home runs in 2018, but it's widely agreed that Guerrero is merely scraping the surface of his power ceiling."Toronto is in rebuilding mode with the core from its 2015 and 2016 teams that appeared in the American League Championship Series now dismantled. The future is bright , however, with Guerrero, Bo Bichette (No. 11) and catcher Danny Jansen leading a group of six Jays in the top 100.Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report ranks the Blue Jays' farm system third in Major League Baseball.

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