Twins Injury Report: Optimism for Carlos Correa Despite Likely Finger Fracture
Minnesota will likely have to withstand the next month of baseball without their star shortstop, but it could provide an opportunity for the top prospect in the system
Carlos Correa Injury Update
Twins shortstop Carlos Correa was hit by a pitch twice during Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Orioles.
In the top of the fifth inning, Correa was hit in the left forearm and right shoulder on a check swing. Then, in the top of the seventh inning he was hit directly on the right hand on another check swing. He exited the game immediately after that plate appearance.
Initial exams showed Correa is likely dealing with a non-displaced right middle finger fracture, according to the team. He will undergo a CT scan on the finger to get more specifics about the injury.
The fact that a CT scan is needed to confirm the fracture is in many ways good news, according to the Pro Baseball Docs. It means that any fracture is minimal in nature and not displaced, thus no surgery will be required.
Certainly everyone hopes the CT scan is negative, but that is not the most likely scenario.
If the fracture is confirmed, he still may return earlier than expected. Barring any complications, he will likely avoid the 60-day IL and may even be able to return after a 10-day IL stint. At most, it will be a three-to-four week absence.
Injury Impact on Twins
Minnesota will bring up top prospect Royce Lewis to plug in at short. The No. 1 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft may make his MLB debut as early as Friday. The 22-year-old had .310/.427/.560 splits in 23 games at Triple-A St. Paul.
Correa had a slow start to the season, but is hitting .264/.323/.385 with two home runs.
The star shortstop's return to hitting will be ahead of his return to the field. He could return as designated hitter in as little as 10 days, but likely wouldn't return to the field until early June.
Twins World Series Odds
After the Correa injury, the Twins are now +3500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. At 15-11, Minnesota is at +125 to win the AL Central, trailing only the Chicago White Sox at +115.