How Carlos Correa's return provides candid reflection of Astros savvy past, tricky future

With Carlos Correa making his return to Houston, we examine the Astros decision to roll with a less expensive shortstop in Jeremy Pena, and discuss how that decision looks now.

Plus, we examine how Correa's stats this season would make him the 5TH-BEST hitter on the Astros, which means Houston would have had to overpay substantially to keep him in H-Town. Which could limit the team's ability to re-sign Verlander next year.

Finally, we address Pena's recent struggles, and if the Astros can fade both Pena and Martin Maldonado's offensive struggles in 2023.

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Jose Altuve is expected to miss significant time. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was hit by a pitch during Saturday's WBC game between Venezuela and the USA, which put a scare into Astros fans, and caused him to exit the game.

Now we're hearing Altuve with have to miss some time and won't be ready to start the season.

Bob Nightengale is reporting that the pitch broke Altuve's right thumb and he is expected to miss 8–10 weeks.

The Astros have not given an official update on the specifics of the injury.

Editor's note: The Astros have now given an update on Altuve's injury. He has a fractured thumb and will have surgery soon.

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