The heavily anticipated return of Carlos Correa to action against the Astros will be on hold for now.
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins announced that Carlos Correa was added to the injured list retroactive to May 6. It originally looked like Correa may have broken a finger or two after being hit by a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, however, it was later revealed he was dealing with a bone bruise that just needs a little more time to heal.
Many fans won’t need a reminder, but Correa was drafted first overall by the Houston Astros in 2012. He spent seven seasons in Houston, winning Rookie of the Year, being elected a two-time All-Star, a Gold Glover, a Platinum Glover, played in three World Series and was a member of the 2017 World Series championship team. He was also among the top-five in MVP voting last season.
Houston fans and the rest of the baseball world were a little floored by the news Correa signed a three-year, $105.3 million with the Twins, earning him the highest single-season salary for a position player in MLB history.
While both Correa and the Astros were adamant there was no hard feelings on the whole deal, many fans were excited to see a once fan-favorite make his return against his former team.
Despite his team’s success, Correa has had a bit of a struggle offensively to start the season. That slow offensive start looked to be turning around. Over his previous eight games prior to being added to the IL, Correa managed to slash .412/.444/.588 with a home run, three double and eight RBI indicating that his offensive performance was trending up for the first time this season.
Meanwhile, Correa’s replacement, Jeremy Peña, has found success as a rookie prospect thrust into the starting shortstop role. Correa told reporters Tuesday after the Astros lost the World Series this was most likely Peña’s team. The young shortstop is already leaving his mark, accumulating a 2.0 bWAR, which is good for fifth-best in MLB amongst position players.
While Correa won’t play, he is with the Twins at home. He was seen talking to former teammates, embracing manager Dusty Baker and chatting with reporters about his status and this thoughts on the Astros.
Fans will have the opportunity again to catch Carlos Correa in action at Minute Maid Park when the the Twins travel to Houston on August 23-25.