Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa will take the night off to rest his hand.
Despite telling reporters yesterday that he would play today, Carlos Correa will not play. Via Brian McTaggart, Correa said that he told A.J. Hinch that he wanted to “play 162 games” this year. The number 99% sure he would play was thrown out there as well. He was not in the lineup yesterday before the final game in Oakland. It would have been impressive for him to play today.
Correa was hit in the right hand by a 94 mph fastball in the top of the ninth inning of Saturday’s game. It was a scary moment, with the memories of Jeff Bagwell‘s three seasons with a broken hand in the past. Luckily, the X-Rays came back negative.
The doctors diagnosed it as a contusion, and he was listed day to day. Correa didn’t seem to think it was such a big deal on Sunday. He didn’t do any baseball-related activities on Sunday but tried today.
We have a no go.
When he tried to swing the bat today, via Mark Berman, he said that he didn’t feel comfortable. As he did yesterday, via Berman, Correa said that he hopes to play tomorrow. Correa realizes that with hand injuries, you have to be very careful. If you can’t grip the bat right, you can do further damage trying to play hurt. The Astros are counting on him to get out there and compete.
Correa is batting .234 with one homer and three RBIs so far in 2017. He will get back into the lineup as soon as he can to help his teammates. The expectation this year is to go to the World Series. They can’t do this without Correa. He is their cleanup hitter.
With someone like Correa, they will not take any chances. Correa said via Mark Berman, “with the way the ball hit me I am glad that there was no fracture.” They seem optimistic that he will avoid any trip to the disabled list. Playing in place of Correa will be Alex Bregman. This will be Bregman’s first time starting at shortstop this year for the Astros.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***