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Correa singles in rehab start with Fresno

Sunday marks first time shortstop will play back-to-back days
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Carlos Correa's road back to Houston continued Saturday with another rehab game for Triple-A Fresno.

Correa went 1-for-3, flaring a single to center field in his first at-bat, and played five innings at shortstop before being lifted at the start of the sixth. He is scheduled to start at designated hitter for the Grizzlies on Sunday, which would be his first time playing back-to-back days on his rehab stint. He will have Monday off.  

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Carlos Correa's road back to Houston continued Saturday with another rehab game for Triple-A Fresno.

Correa went 1-for-3, flaring a single to center field in his first at-bat, and played five innings at shortstop before being lifted at the start of the sixth. He is scheduled to start at designated hitter for the Grizzlies on Sunday, which would be his first time playing back-to-back days on his rehab stint. He will have Monday off.  

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The Astros shortstop has been out since July 17 due to a torn ligament in his left thumb, which required surgery. Correa originally injured his thumb July 4 sliding headfirst into home, then aggravated it July 17th while taking a swing.

With an original recovery timetable of six to eight weeks and his rehab seemingly progressing according to plan, Correa could return to the Astros by early September if all goes well.

The Astros have a 13-game lead in the American League West, and getting their All-Star shortstop back will be an enormous boost heading into October. Correa is hitting .320/.400/.566 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs in his 84 games this season.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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