Houston Astros catchers Korey Lee and Yainer Díaz changed their respective numbers Friday, following their first Major League action in 2022. Lee switched from No. 38 to No. 11, and Díaz switched from No. 63 to No. 21.
Lee received a promotion in July, following Jason Castro’s placement on the injured list. The 2019 first-round pick appeared in 12 games, slashing four hits in 26 trips to the plate. Lee battled strikeout woes, too, fanning nearly 35 percent of the time.
Díaz was a September call-up with starting pitcher Hunter Brown. Appearing in six games, the 24-year-old backstop went 1-for-8 with one double, one walk and six strikeouts.
The last Astros player to don No. 11 was utilityman Niko Goodrum during the 2022 season, where the 30 year old appeared in 15 games. Starting pitcher Zack Greinke was the last Astros player to wear No. 21 for a full season in 2021. The righty made 30 appearances, 29 starts, for Houston that year.