Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena left the team's game on Thursday after feeling some discomfort in his right knee. He looks to have avoided a major issue, but Manager Dusty Baker said the 24-year-old is unlikely to be in the lineup on Friday night against the Washington Nationals.
Jeremy Pena Injury Update
Houston announced Pena's status as day-to-day shortly after he left the game in the fourth inning and it wouldn't be surprising to see him take the weekend off in order to get back to full health. Backups Aledmys Diaz and Niko Goodrum should fill in at shortstop until Pena is able to return.
Pena has played in 30 of the Astros' 32 games this season, so his absence should not be taken lightly. The rookie has posted a slash line of .276/.339/.514 across 119 plate appearances to go along with 18 runs scored, 6 home runs and 5 doubles. Pena is also tied for the Astros team lead in RBI (20).
More updates regarding Pena's recovery should be released in the coming days. For now, Houston will look stay atop of the American League West with a win over the Nationals. The Astros are currently -154 favorites on the moneyline Friday and are set to send Framber Valdez to the mound.
Houston also has the fourth-best odds to win the World Series at +950, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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