The Houston Astros are going to be without one of their biggest stars for at least a couple weeks. Shortstop Carlos Correa is expected to miss at least three weeks with a cracked rib, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26.
The injury, however, didn’t happen during a game or a workout. Correa said he suffered the cracked rib during a massage at his home on Tuesday, something he said made the injury “even more frustrating.”
The 24-year-old was initially expected to play Tuesday’s game, but was removed from the lineup due to rib pain. After further tests, the team placed Correa on the Injured List on Wednesday. Correa could miss up to six weeks, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.
The injury halts what has been a strong comeback season for Correa. After battling through injuries last season, Correa is hitting .295/.360/.547 over 214 plate appearances.
Despite Correa’s performance, the Astros are well equipped to handle his absence. Though the Oakland Athletics have surged over the past week, the Astros still hold a 7.5 game lead over Oakland in the American League West. At 37-19, Houston is tied for the most wins in baseball.
While losing Correa hurts, the injury gives him plenty of time to get right before the playoffs begin. For a team as strong as the Astros, that’s all that really matters.
As long as Correa is ready to go when the team needs him the most, they’ll be just fine.
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Justin Bour, center, argues a called third strike with umpire Jeremie Rehak, as Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, left, throws the ball back, during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Bour was ejected. The Rangers won 5-4. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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