It's been yet another strong start to the 2022 MLB season for the Houston Astros, who are in first place in the American League West with a 38-24 record. Houston has been powered by the resurgence of ace starter Justin Verlander, as well as the slugging of big bopper Yordan Alvarez. However, the Astros have also gotten incredible contributions from rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena, who has made people in Houston forget about Carlos Correa for the time being.
Pena, who has forced himself into the Rookie of the Year conversation, got roughed up during Monday's loss to the Texas Rangers. The injury, which was believed to be to his wrist, kept him out of Tuesday's lineup. Unfortunately, the Astros received a tough update on Pena, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Houston #Astros prized rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena goes on the 10-day IL with thumb discomfort.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 15, 2022
Per Nightengale, Pena has been placed on the 10-day injured list with thumb discomfort. Fortunately, the “initial read” from Astros general manager James Click is that the injury wasn't severe.
While Pena will be sidelined, Click's words offer hope that his stint on the injured list will be the minimum 10 days. That would be ideal for the Astros, who have legitimately had one of the best players in the MLB in 2022.
Pena, who is tied for eighth in Wins Above Replacement, has posted a .805 OPS with nine homers, 27 runs scored, 27 RBI and six stolen bases while playing stellar defense at short.
The Astros' no. 30 prospect, J.J. Matijevic, has been called up from Triple-A Sugar Land to take Pena's place on the roster.