The Astros won 60 games before the all-star break, opening up a massive lead in the American League West. Having a big cushion for a team is important because it helps provide insurance if a team suffers an injury to a star. The Astros have already dealt with injuries to starting pitchers Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers and Dallas Keuchel and now have been dealt a blow to the offense with shortstop Carlos Correa going on the disabled list.
Correa left a recent game in the fourth inning after injuring his thumb on a swing, aggravating an injury he first sustained on a headfirst slide into home plate on July 4. He continued to have pain in the thumb but played through it, including the All-Star Game in Miami. After this latest setback, though, he was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left thumb and will require surgery.
The team is putting a six-to-eight-week timeline on Correa’s return. He will undergo the same surgery that Angels OF Mike Trout had earlier in the season, which kept him out of action for 7.5 weeks before returning. Missing six to eight weeks would put Correa on schedule to return in early- or mid-September, which means he should be back in time for the playoffs, barring any setbacks in his recovery.
Correa is having an MVP-caliber season, hitting .320 with 20 home runs — just two shy of his career high — and 67 RBI in 84 games this season. Utilityman Marwin Gonzalez will be the biggest benefactor in gaining playing time in Correa’s absence. Infielder Colin Moran was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take Correa’s spot on the roster at the time he went on the DL.