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Yuli Gurriel out for the rest of the World Series after injuring his right knee

HOUSTON – The Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner’s office approved Saturday that the Houston Astros make a substitution on their World Series roster against the Philadelphia Phillies. Cuban first baseman Yuli Gurriel is out with a knee injury and his place will be taken by American catcher Korey Lee for the remainder of the event.

Gurriel hurt his left knee running the bases in the seventh inning of Game 5 on Thursday at Philadelphia. The 38-year-old stayed in the game but eventually had to be replaced by Trey Mancini late on.

Gurriel said Thursday that his knee was in a lot of pain, but he hoped Friday’s rest would help him recover enough to be in the lineup for Game 6 of the series on Saturday.

In the final year of his contract, Gurriel hit .347 with two home runs in the postseason. With Lee on the roster, manager Dusty Baker put Puerto Rican catcher Christian Vázquez as the designated hitter.

Houston’s designated hitter is 44-6 with 15 strikeouts and three RBIs in the postseason and 18-4 in the World Series. Mancini and Cuban Aledmys Diaz, who received the most at-bats, are 1-for-40 in the playoffs.

In Saturday’s lineup, Vazquez will be sixth in the order and Mancini seventh, at first base.

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