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Astros prospect Carlos Correa will “miss a significant period of time”

Jun 23, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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Astros top prospect and former No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa injured his ankle over the weekend and today general manager Jeff Luhnow told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle that the Single-A shortstop is expected to “miss a significant period of time.”

He suffered the injury while sliding into third base on a triple Saturday and had to be carted off the field. There’s no official announcement yet on the injury because the team is waiting for Correa to be examined further by an ankle specialist.

It’s a shame, because Correa has been fantastic this season, hitting .325 with power and speed while being one of the youngest players in the California League at age 19, and Ortiz writes that he appeared to be on the verge of a promotion to Double-A.

At times the Astros have been criticized for passing on Byron Buxton to select Correa first overall in the 2012, but Buxton has yet to play in the Twins organization this season due to a spring training wrist injury and Correa has emerged as a consensus top-10 prospect himself this year.

  1. jsala02 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    That’s a bummer. I was really hoping he would get a call up next year. He is still young and is looking like the real deal

  2. clydeserra - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    he’s 19. Do not rush.

  3. stex52 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Just let him heal properly. By all accounts he is a genuine talent.

  4. shanabartels - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    That may not mean it’s a catastrophic injury or anything close to it. I currently have a “mild ankle sprain” my doctor diagnosed a little less than two weeks ago and she won’t let me run or jog or dance salsa or basically do any cardio I want to do for at least three weeks. I’m just a regular person not trying to play pro ball, but I’m super impatient. Ankles are funny things. I hate sitting still, but I know I have to do what the doc says. So if I were a top prospect, I’d be even more inclined to protect the precious joints, even if taking it easy is really frustrating.

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