Injuries and Houston Astros Minor League baseball have seem like synonymous terms lately.
First, it was Corpus Christi Hooks infielder Nolan Fontana who caught the injury bug. And now it seems that Lancaster JetHawks shortstop, and Astros top overall prospect, Carlos Correa has come down with a more severe case.
Via Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, Correa recently detailed what exactly happened during the play that injured his right leg:
“I hit an RBI triple and then my spike got stuck at the bag,” Carlos Correa told the Houston Chronicle.
— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) June 22, 2014
But now there are a few questions for Correa and the Astros going forward: What is the extent of Correa’s injury, and secondly how will that impact the Astros vision for him going forward?
There has been much initial speculation that Correa has suffered either a broken fibula tibia in his right leg, or a part of his ankle. But now it seems that the team’s medical staff is concentrating specifically on his ankle.
But until the Astros release a statement regarding the final results of his ankle and foot examination then there is no point in declaring the extent of his injury.
One tidbit of good news is that Carlos seems to be in good spirits regarding his latest injury. According to Brian McTaggert of MLB.com:
Carlos Correa tells http://t.co/mDPUQDOWZ3: “I’m not worried at all. I’ll be back.”
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) June 22, 2014
This is the type of attitude that the Astros expected when they made him the first overall pick in 2012. Even when he is down, Correa is showing the type of demeanor that could make him a leader of the next generation of Astros.
Regardless, Correa is probably going to miss a significant portion of playing time. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has recently expressed his opinion of Carlos playing in the upcoming fall league, and the fall league looks like a legitimate option for him this off-season.
Playing this fall will be the only chance Correa can make up time he is expected to miss this season. But it would also provide an excellent opportunity for him to improve his overall game and be in top baseball shape come spring training.
And who knows, we all may be speculating whether he will make the team out of spring training next year.
Make no mistake though, the front office of the Astros will not rush Carlos back until he is medically cleared for baseball-related activities. The Astros as an organization made a huge investment in Correa and will give him every chance to come back at full strength.