by Jeremy Tiermini
“That’s the trouble. I can’t make up my mind. I haven’t got a brain. Only straw.” The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz
This week’s quote applies to two players that are huge risk-reward plays this week. When healthy they are dominant players, but are they healthy? Should you play them this week? Do I really have a brain?
Carlos Correa (HOU SS)
The discomfort in Correa’s left hamstring has resulted in Houston’s rookie phenom missing four straight games. I commend the Astros for taking the conservative approach, lest this situation turn into the nightmare that Yasiel Puig’s owners have endure this season (Puig was placed back on the disabled list last week with a hamstring strain). Remember that this is Puig’s second stint on the disabled list because of hamstring issues, with his first trip keeping out action for 39 games.
To his credit Correa is anxious to return. When asked about his absence he explained: “I didn’t want another day. They gave me another day. I’m going to run today. I didn’t run yesterday, so we’ll see how it feels.” Within the same piece, manager A.J. Hinch explained why Houston was being careful with Correa. “It’s always hard because guys want to play, but it’s a pretty simple decision for me,” Hinch said. “If there’s sensitivity in there and he’s showing any signs of discomfort it’s a no.” Read more