Astros put Cor­rea on 10-day DL

All-star short­stop tore a lig­a­ment in his left thumb, could be out 6 to 8 weeks

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kristie Rieken

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.”

Bob Levey, Getty Im­ages

Car­los Cor­rea has his left hand looked at by a trainer in the fourth in­ning af­ter in­jur­ing it in at bat Mon­day.

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