Houston Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa will undergo surgery for a torn thumb ligament and will be placed on the 10-day disabled list, according to the Astros’ twitter account. Correa left Monday’s 9-7 loss against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning after jamming his thumb on a swing, finishing the contest 0-1 with a strikeout and a sacrifice fly.
Correa is expected to be out anywhere from six to eight weeks (insert video about why?)
The 2017 All-Star and starting shortstop for the American League was in the midst of crushing his 2016 breakout season outputs, as he is slashing .320 with 20 home runs and 67 runs batted in. Along with fellow All-Stars George Springer and Jose Altuve, Correa has formed one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, trios at the plate.
And Houston has been the benefactor of Correa’s MVP-like production, as it leads the American League by 10.5 games at 62-31. Unfortunately, though, the Astros’ unbelievable start may be mitigated by the absence of their star player for the majority of the remaining regular season.
Houston has more than a capable replacement up the middle for the time being in utilityman Marwin Gonzalez, who has experienced a breakout season in 2017, batting .311 with 17 dingers and 55 runs batted in, and he took over Correa’s duties Monday night. Expect Gonzalez, whose play has forced Carlos Beltran into the designated hitters role, to receive most opportunities at shortstop, with Beltran and Norichika Aoki splitting time in left field.
If Gonzalez is available for some reason on the waiver wire, as he is owned in 79 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues, immediately submit a claim for him. But if Gonzalez does fall back to earth, Houston may be a team in the running for Cincinnati’s All-Star shortstop Zack Cozart, who will almost certainly be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline, or another stopgap solution with Correa on the bench.
Infielder Colin Moran was called up from Triple-A to replace Correa’s roster spot, and current third baseman Alex Bregman may also see some time at shortstop in Correa’s absence.