Houston Astros: The latest injury update on Carlos Correa

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is still recovering from a rib injury that he sustained a few weeks back. How is his progress? Let’s take a look.

Houston Astros fans — our team is finally returning back to full health!  This is terrific news to hear as the team transitions to the midpoint of the season.  They’ll have a break for a few days and then they’ll get back to work to finish up the second half.

George Springer and Collin McHugh returned back to the Houston Astros lineup yesterday, with the latter ensuring that the bullpen remains at seven men without any left-handed relievers.  I think the team will be able to manage through this patch without one — partly because Cionel Perez has been so bad in his outings — plus Will Harris is a “lefty specialist” so things may not be as bad as they seem.

Springer’s return to the lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night brought about huge fanfare as he regained his rightful spot hitting lead-off.  He finished up last night going 1-for-4 along with one strikeout in last night’s 5-1 win over the now 36-41 Pirates.

This is a championship team on deck and it feels great that ingredients that make this team whole are mixing back together for a winning recipe as well as a delicious concoction for fans.

However, we may still be waiting just a bit longer than expected on the return of shortstop Carlos Correa.

Correa has expressed his desire to play in the All-Star Game in Cleveland next month if selected as a participant.

But AJ Hinch has put the brakes on that notion but not feeling it’s realistic for him to return that soon.

Here’s what he had to say via Brian McTaggart of MLB.com:

"“Unfortunately for him, I don’t think it’s that realistic, given the time he’s had off and he hasn’t played a rehab game yet,” Hinch said. “Maybe by then he’s active, but unfortunately with the timing, I don’t see how that’s a possibility.”"

Correa, who has been out since May 26 with a fractured rib from reportedly getting a hell of a

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massage — I’m still not sure if I buy that explanation — has not resumed baseball activities so the timeline of an appearance as an All-Star doesn’t seem likely.

It’s likely going to be closer toward the end of July — if anything — and I honestly would be okay with that as long as he’s healthy.

I know Correa wants to play but his health is most important.  If he’s selected as an All-Star, that’s still terrific news for him because it’s more about the honor of being in that elite group of men than actually playing in the game.

I want Correa to be ready to go for the second half of the season and will what will likely be an elongated run in the postseason.

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It’s to take our crown back from the Boston Red Sox and Correa will be instrumental in ensuring that it happens.  Let’s hope for the best!

Correa has been batting .295/.356/.484 for a .840 OPS along with 11 homers and 35 RBIs through 190 at-bats in 50 games this season.