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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Carlos Beltran shaved his blond beard, but Carlos Correa‘s bleach blond hair was still atop his head when he rejoined the Astros on Saturday morning. Both spent much of March playing in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico, which lost to the United States in Wednesday’s championship game.
The Puerto Ricans bleached their hair as a sign of solidarity, and Correa said he’ll slowly trim his hair in the next few weeks as the color fades. Correa returned to camp battling an illness, though, which kept him out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
“I got sick in L.A. the last couple of days, and I’ve been coughing a lot, and I’m kind of sore,” he said. “I feel tired. I haven’t gotten enough sleep. [Manager A.J. Hinch] talked to me, and I asked if I could have a day, and he said, ‘Yeah.'”
Correa is expected to be in the lineup Sunday against Washington in his first game since the World Baseball Classic, where he hit .333 (8-for-24) with three homers and nine RBIs.
“I felt pretty good with my approach in the Baseball Classic,” Correa said. “I had some pretty good at-bats. It was a great tournament overall I feel like. It was so much fun, man. It’s a whole different experience going from playing the World Baseball Classic and coming back to Spring Training. I wish I would have gone straight to the season.”
Beltran has swung the bat well all spring, hitting a pair of homers before he left camp to join Puerto Rico earlier in the month. For Puerto Rico, he hit .435 (10-for-23) with five RBIs.
“Loved it, man,” he said. “Being part of it for four years, and every year for me is fun. In my case, I would sign up for every other year, just the fact you get away from the routine of Spring Training, and you’re playing meaningful games, and you get the opportunity to play with guys you don’t have a chance to play with them — same team, same nationality — really means a lot.”
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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