Houston Astros: The timeframe the team expects Carlos Correa to be out

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has been put back on the injured list with a reoccurring back issue. How long will be out? Let’s take a look.

The Houston Astros continue to chug along despite the adversity that they’ve faced throughout the season.  It was quite a rough patch that they went through when a good chunk of their stars in George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa were all on the shelf at one point.

The first two are back and they’ve hit the stride in terms of out on the field as well as at the plate but the latter is still having a recurring issue with his back.

After spending nearly a month away healing from a rib injury sustained from one of the mysterious massages known to man, Correa is heading back to the injured list as his back has flared up on him again.

I really hate this for him — he had come on so strong during his comeback from injury with numbers that we’ve expected to see out of him since that wonderful day in the early summer of 2012 when he was drafted.

He was smacking pitches, hitting dingers, while making incredible turns at shortstop, ensuring that he’s the type of player that has such a unique talent and remains a tremendous asset to the Houston Astros.

As with any injury to a key player like Correa, we all want to know how long that he’ll be out.  With the tremendous depth that the Houston Astros have, it won’t be detrimental to their success but his absence will make an impact to an already power-heavy batting lineup.

So what’s the latest?

MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reported that an MRI that was done on Correa’s back indicates that there was no structural damage.  Correa himself has said that he thinks that it’s not as serious as things would imply.

Although the team doctor will ultimately have the say in assessing risk, it sounds as of the Houston Astros dodged a big bullet in terms of having Correa available this season.  They’ll take

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the time that’s needed to allow him to heal but it’s good to know he’ll be back soon.

Here’s what general manager Jeff Luhnow told FOX 26’s Mark Berman earlier this week:

"“We’re waiting to see how he responds to treatment. So we’ll know more in the coming days. Inmy mind the calendar I have, is that he’s gonna be rehabbing and probably playing in minor league games the first week of September and hopefully back with the Big League team the second week of September.  If that happens, I think that’s a huge success because it means that he’ll have three weeks of regular season left and whatever is after that.”"

So heard it from Luhnow first, it’s quite possible that we could see Correa back on the field within the next two to three weeks, which would be slightly under — but awfully close — to the time he missed nursing his rib injury.

As great as this team is, we need him in that lineup, especially when the postseason starts.  But from early indications, it looks like he’ll be available well before that period of the MLB season.  That’s so terrific to hear!

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Let’s hope for the best — go Houston Astros!

Correa has popped a .278/.358/.556 slash line along with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs through 310 plate appearances in 72 games this season.