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Astros' All-Star Bregman takes grounder to chin, exits game

Sporting News logo Sporting News 7/12/2019 Thomas Lott
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The Astros lost another shortstop with an injury — at least for the rest of their game Thursday against the Rangers.

Houston All-Star Alex Bregman left the team's matchup with Texas after taking a shot to the face on a two-hopper off of the bat of Shin Soo-Choo in the bottom of the third inning.

Bregman had the wherewithal to try to corral the ball and get Choo out at first base, but he was clearly a bit dazed as he couldn't quite recover after the play.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch went out to check on him with the trainer and ultimately took him out of the game.

Bregman was rubbing his chin and in clear discomfort after the play, but Hinch didn't seem too concerned about the long-term effects of the injury.

"He had some blood coming out of his chin," Hinch told ESPN. "He was going to go inside and see the doctor, so as usual, he said 'hey, I want to keep playing,' but we thought better of it and made him come in and give him a chance to play for the weekend."

Houston is already without Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz, but both infielders start rehab assignments next week, so the team does have some reinforcements coming.

Myles Straw replaced Bregman in the field Thursday and he is the only player on the Astros who is a regular shortstop. Tony Kemp plays second base and Yuli Gurriel could probably play some short, but it's not his natural position. Tyler White could play the position some, as well, in an emergency.

If Bregman misses extended time, Jack Mayfield would likely be called up from Triple-A to fill his spot.

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