Astros Correa to play Friday in the team's playoff opener against Tampa Bay

Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros hits a home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park on September 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston manager AJ Hinch expects Carlos Correa to play Friday in the team's playoff opener against Tampa Bay. Correa missed the final week of the regular season because of a sore back, but Hinch said Wednesday the star shortstop has been working out all week and feels great.

The 25-year-old Correa played just 75 games this season after sitting out from May 26 to July 26 with a broken rib. He missed a month with the back problem, which also caused him to sit out last week. He batted .279 with 21 homers and 59 RBIs.

Hinch said Justin Verlander will start Game 1 against the Rays, followed by Gerrit Cole on Saturday in Game 2 and Zack Greinke in the third game. Hinch wouldn't commit to a potential Game 4 starter.

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