The Houston Astros announced Tuesday that All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb. The Astros project Correa to miss six to eight weeks, with multiple reports indicating he’ll undergo surgery.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder Mike Trout recently dealt with the same injury, underwent surgery and returned after missing seven weeks. Trout technically only missed six weeks of games, as he returned following the All-Star break.
Correa was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season for the American League-best Astros before sustaining his injury. In 84 games this season, he hit .320/.400/.566 with 18 doubles, 20 home runs and 67 RBIs, all the while playing elite defense at shortstop.
The 2015 AL Rookie of the Year earned his first career All-Star selection this year, as he started for the AL and batted fifth.
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Entering play Tuesday the Astros hold the second-best record in all of baseball at 62-31, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers (64-29) by two games. Houston holds a commanding 15.5-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the AL West.
Prior losing Correa to injury ,the Astros had a greater than 99 percent chance of making the postseason, per FiveThirtyEight. They also had a 23 percent chance of winning the World Series, lower than only the Dodgers (28 percent).