Astros put Correa on 10-day DL
All-star shortstop tore a ligament in his left thumb, could be out 6 to 8 weeks
HOUSTON» All-star shortstop Carlos Correa of the AL 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 10day 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 Triple-A 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 RBIs 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, the team’s super-utility man.
“We’ll move some guys around,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s going to take an adjustment for a lot of us. We’re so used to putting Correa out there every, single day and having the middle infield be set and moving the pieces on the corners and in the outfield. But things change quickly.”
The 22-year-old Correa, 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.
“He’s a big presence in our lineup, on our team,” Hinch said. “We’ll get him better, welcome him back sometime in September and move on. But there’s no doubt that it’s a punch in the gut when one of your best players is down for a while.”
Carlos Correa has his left hand looked at by a trainer in the fourth inning after injuring it in at bat Monday.