Correa on DL with thumb injury
HOUSTON — All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa of the American League West-leading Houston Astros is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb.
The Astros put Correa on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after he hurt himself taking a swing against Seattle. They expect to have him back in the lineup for the stretch run in September.
The Astros opened the day with a 15½-game lead over Seattle. Infielder Colin Moran was recalled from Class AAA Fresno in time for the game against the Mariners.
“It’s obviously disappointing, but at the same time I have to focus on what I can control and that’s hopefully having successful surgery and finishing my rehab and hopefully coming back late September or so and being able to play in the playoffs,” Correa said.
Correa is batting .320 with 18 doubles and 20 home runs, and his 67 RBI are second in the American League.
The Astros plan to play Moran at third base and split time at shortstop between Alex Bregman, who has played third base all season, and Marwin Gonzalez.
Correa, 22, who was the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been a mainstay in Houston’s lineup since being called up in June 2015. He played 153 games last season and has appeared in 84 of the team’s 93 games this season.
The good news for the Astros is that Gonzalez is having the best season of his six-year career. He’s hitting .311 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI, which are both career-highs.
Moran, a left-handed hitting corner infielder, was batting .308 with 15 doubles, 18 home runs and 63 RBI in 79 games at Fresno. Bregman was primarily a shortstop in the minors, but moved to third base in Houston because of Correa. Bregman, who was the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, is hitting .257 with 8 home runs, 22 doubles and 28 RBI in 88 games this season.