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World Series 2022: Astros remove injured Yuli Gurriel from roster ahead of Game 6

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HOUSTON – The Houston Astros made a change to their World Series roster ahead of Game 6 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, trading Yuli Gurriel for catcher Korey Lee. Roster changes can only be made due to injury and a player cannot be dropped and then put back on the roster, so this is it for Gurriel in the 2022 Fall Classic.

Gurriel was injured when he was thrown out after a run between third base and home plate in the seventh inning of Game 5.

Obviously, there’s the blow to the head, but his knee also landed in an awkward position.

“He wasn’t crying, but he had tears in his eyes,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said Saturday in announcing the roster changes. “He showed how badly he wanted to play. We just couldn’t do it and we had to replace him.”

Gurriel is a free agent after the season and could now have played his last game with Houston.

The replacement at first base is Trey Mancini, who hasn’t hit in a long time, hitting .176/.258/.364 after the Astros acquired him at the trade deadline. Worse yet, he is 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts in the playoffs.

It’s worth mentioning that the addition of Lee gives the Astros three receivers. Catcher Christian Vazquez has played first base before, he did it nine times this year with the Red Sox before being traded to the Astros, so he might be an option there or as a designated hitter. He, too, hasn’t hit well since he joined the team, just .250/.278/.308 in the regular season, and is 3-for-14 in the playoffs.

Gurriel didn’t have a great season at the plate, but he’s an excellent defensive first baseman and hit .347/.360/.490 in the playoffs. This is certainly a downgrade for Houston.

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