Updates from Thursday, July 24
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle has the latest on Correa's recovery:
General manager Jeff Luhnow said injured shortstop Carlos Correa received a good report recently in his latest follow-up with doctors, but the Astros’ top prospect isn’t likely to be ready to participate in the Arizona Fall League.
On Thursda, Luhnow said the club is now shooting to have Correa ready for major-league spring training camp.
“I still don’t think he’s going to return to play even in the fall,” Luhnow said of Correa, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft. Correa was hitting .325 with six home runs, six triples, 57 RBIs and a .926 OPS at Class A Lancaster before he was injured when his spikes got caught as he slid into third base on a triple last month.
Updates from Wednesday, June 25
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com provides a disappointing update on Carlos Correa's leg injury:
Luhnow said Correa will be out for season undergoing surgery to repair fractured fibula.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) June 25, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 23
General manager Jeff Luhnow spoke again on Carlos Correa's leg and recovery time (via Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle):
“I do expect him to miss significant time,” Luhnow said of Correa, who appeared on the verge of a promotion to Class AA Corpus Christi when the injured his ankle Saturday against Lake Elsinore.
The Astros will fly Correa, 19, to Houston early this week to visit with the team’s ankle specialists before announcing how long the slick-fielding shortstop will be out.
“I expect by midweek we’ll have an update to report,” Luhnow said. “We’re bringing him to Houston. We’ll have him see our specialist.”
Updates from Sunday, June 22
General manager Jeff Luhnow spoke about Carlos Correa's leg injury on Sunday (via Brian McTaggart of MLB.com):
Luhnow said on pregame show Correa had ankle injury and would come to Houston to see specialist. He said didn’t know how long he’d be out.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) June 22, 2014
Luhnow on Correa: “It’s unfortunate. He’s had a tremendous season and is going to miss some time.”— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) June 22, 2014
McTaggart also spoke to Correa about his status and eventual return:
Carlos Correa tells http://t.co/mDPUQDOWZ3: "I’m not worried at all. I’ll be back."— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) June 22, 2014
Correa: "I'm doing good, feeling good."— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) June 22, 2014
An otherwise promising season for the Houston Astros took a turn for the worse after top prospect Carlos Correa suffered a leg injury during a Single-A game for the Lancaster JetHawks.
Robert Murray had the news of the injury first:
Hearing that #Astros star prospect Carlos Correa broke his ankle. On his way to the hospital now.— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) June 22, 2014
Bleacher Report's Will Carroll reports the severity of the injury:
Carlos Correa, the Astros prospect, has a broken fibula. Done on foot first slide. Told it's serious, but usually not tough rehab.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) June 22, 2014
JetHawks broadcaster Jason Schwartz reported that Correa had to be carted off the field and was in a visible amount of pain:
The shortstop was injured sliding into third base:
Correa was being aggressive on hit to LF corner. Made it to 3rd safely but appeared to over slide over the bag. Was in immediate pain.— Jason Schwartz (@jasondschwartz) June 22, 2014
Schwartz provided a potentially encouraging detail:
As Hudson Belinsky, an associate scout for the Tampa Bay Rays, tweeted out, this year hasn't been a good one for baseball's top young stars:
I don't think I want to live in a world where Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, and Jose Fernandez are all hurt.— Hudson Belinsky (@hudsonbelinsky) June 22, 2014
Correa entered this season as the Astros' top-ranked player in their system and a consensus top-10 prospect across the league. Expectations have been sky high ever since he was drafted first overall in 2012, and he's the showpiece of Houston's future plans.
If this injury is indeed very serious, it will undoubtedly adversely affect his development. However, Correa is still only 19 years old. The Astros are in no rush to send him to the majors, so he'll have plenty of time to rehabilitate.