Houston Loses Carlos Correa to Thumb Injury

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HOUSTON, TX - JULY 17: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros has his left hand looked at by trainer Jeremiah Randall and manager A.J. Hinch #14 in the fourth inning after injuring it at bat against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Correa would leave the game. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

While the Houston Astros have been cruising through the season despite having ace Dallas Keuchel on the disabled list, another key piece to the team has been placed on the DL. Star shortstop Carlos Correa went down with a torn ligament in his left thumb. While playing the Seattle Mariners on Monday, Correa swung through a pitch and was clearly in discomfort. After manager A.J. Hinch and head trainer Jeremiah Randall came out to examine the 22-year-old star shortstop, Correa exited the game in the fourth inning.

Houston Loses Carlos Correa to Thumb Injury

Correa later explained that he reaggravated the same injury he suffered after sliding into home plate while playing the Atlanta Braves on July 4. Correa thought the All-Star break would allow him to recover from the original injury, so he decided to play through the pain. Unfortunately, Correa’s decision to play through his prior injury could be why he exited with a even worse injury on Monday.

Carlos Correa will likely be out  for 6-8 weeks, so we will expect his return in September.   Correa left Monday’s game hitting .326, with 20 home runs and 67 RBI. GM Jeff Luhnow commented that losing a player of Corea’s caliber is a big blow to the team, but he’ll be back in September, which will be in time for the Astros stretch run. Minor league infielder Colin Moran was called up from Triple-A to fill in for the star shortstop while he’s on the DL.

Although the Astros are currently running away with the AL West, Houston fans will be holding their collective breath while Correa is on the shelf.

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