Astros’ Yuli Gurriel out for remainder of World Series

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HOUSTON — Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will miss the rest of the World Series after spraining his right knee in Game 5, an injury that led to the surprise activation of rookie receiver Korey Lee.

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“He wasn’t crying, but he had tears in his eyes,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said of Gurriel. “You could tell how much he wanted to play. We just couldn’t do it and had to replace him.

Gurriel collided with Philadelphia first baseman Rhys Hoskins during a preview between third base and home base on Chas McCormick’s seven innings in Thursday night’s 3-2 win, taking a knee in the head. Trey Mancini hit for Gurriel in the eighth.

“He tried everything,” Baker said. “He came yesterday, was treated. I came early this morning, I was treated. Did not respond well enough to play. He tried to run. And for a guy who’s had knee injuries, the hardest thing to do is stop and then go around the bases or have a lateral move.

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General manager James Click said Gurriel had been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament.

Mancini, 0 for 18 in the playoffs and 0 for 6 in the World Series, started at first base and reached seventh in Game 6 on Saturday night. Christian Vazquez was the designated hitter and sixth at bat.

Houston holds a 3-2 World Series lead. Click said the Astros are considering leaving Gurriel on the roster in case he feels better on Sunday, when Game 7 is played.

“But it was obvious from the way he moved and talking to him that he wouldn’t be available today or tomorrow,” Clicks said. “We thought about waiting 24 hours to see if he might be available tomorrow if we end up playing tomorrow. But based on the diagnosis, that wasn’t a possibility.

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Gurriel, 38, hit .347 with two home runs and four RBIs in the playoffs, including .316 during the World Series.

“Yuli was one of our best hitters in the playoffs, so obviously it stinks not having him,” McCormick said.

Lee was called into Baker’s office when the 24-year-old arrived at Minute Maid Park around four hours before game time. Lee’s parents, Lisa and Darrin, his brother Kellen and his girlfriend had flown in for the game.

“I haven’t told them yet,” Lee said. “I hope they will be surprised when they get here.”

Lee was a 2019 first-round pick and made his major league debut on July 1. He went .160 (4 for 25) with four RBIs in 12 games with the Astros from July 1-31 after Jason Castro injured his left knee. . Lee hit .238 with 25 home runs and 76 RBIs in 104 games at Triple-A Sugar Land, three home runs in Las Vegas on August 23.

“It’s amazing,” Lee said. “It’s a dream come true.”

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