Houston Astros Yuli Gurriel out for remainder of World Series

The Houston Astros will be without one of their longtime roster stalwarts for the remainder of this year’s World Series.

Veteran first baseman Yuli Gurriel — who, along with Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers Jr., is one of five remaining members of the team’s 2017 championship chase — will miss the rest of the Fall Classic after suffering an injury during Game 5 on Thursday.

The Astros removed Gurriel from their World Series roster before Game 6 on Saturday. They replaced him with rookie receiver Korey Lee.

Gurriel injured his knee in the seventh inning of Houston’s narrow Game 5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies as he was caught in a rundown between third base and home plate. He went to the ground awkwardly and was involved in a collision with Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, and left the game shortly afterwards.

The 38-year-old, who had more World Series hits than any Cuba-born player in MLB history with 27, had had a productive playoff run so far, batting .347 with two home runs, four RBIs and one strikeout. He is expected to become a free agent after the season.

Gurriel’s replacement will make his postseason debut if he appears in a game in that series. Lee, who made his MLB debut on July 1, went 4 for 25 with two doubles, four RBIs and a run scored in 12 games this season.

The Astros take a 3-2 lead over the Phillies in Game 6 after winning back-to-back road games at Citizens Bank Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:03 p.m. CT.

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