Cor­rea on DL with thumb in­jury

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

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.

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