Noguera documenting ACL rehab

The Journey Back:

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HOUSTON – Heading into 2019, Leilani Noguera had fortunately never suffered a major injury or had to undergo a surgery in her playing career.

That all changed on January 6.

Noguera, a sophomore at Clear Lake High Shool, was practicing with her boys YMCA team and were scrimmaging three on three. While defending on the three-point line, Noguera shifted to her left to follow the guy with the ball. Her leg gave out when she heard three loud pops.

The injury happened on a Friday and the MRI on the following Monday showed the worst – three tears in her meniscus and a completely torn ACL.

On February 8, Noguera underwent surgery to repair her meniscus and ACL.

The next step of the process after surgery was the long road of recovery back. This journey is usually done privately, and the gritty portion of the rehab is never seen.

But Noguera chose to show her process through video on her personal Twitter account.

The first video, posted on February 15, showed Noguera working with a physical therapist just barely moving her left leg, while she balanced on a training table. The next came seven days later, Noguera this time was pedaling on a stationary bicycle for the first time.


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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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