Carlos Correa, Houston Astros’ hottest prospect, has been sent to a foot and ankle specialist in Houston after sustaining an injury to his right ankle while sliding to third base playing for Class A Advanced side Lancaster in California on Saturday.
Correra was a top pick for the Astros in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and big things are anticipated for the 19-year-old who has spent the past two years in the minor leagues playing for affiliate clubs.
The injury to his ankle is thought to be mild and the shortstop will be able to make a full recovery, but will miss a considerable chunk of the 2014 season.
The young shortstop has been on fire in the minors but this injury is a worry for the Astros who have paid for Correa to be flown to a specialist in Houston.
In a statement released by the Astros on Sunday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhow said: “Carlos will travel to Houston early this week to be evaulted further by the Astros medical staff before determining [our] next steps. He is placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss some time.”
The 19-year-old had impressed his team after scoring a useful .325 batting average with six home runs and 57 RBIs in 62 games at Lancaster.
The shortstop was expected to make the jump to Double-A outfit Corpus Christi in the next few weeks but that move has been put on hold until Correa has recovered.
Correa was carried off on a stretcher after sustaining the injury at the weekend. Luhnow is one of many who expect big things from their starlet.
Speaking to the Astros’ pre-game show on Sunday, Luhnow said Correa was having a “tremendous season” but will miss part of the season on the treatment table.
Luhnow added: “He’s going to miss some time, but the good news is whatever time he misses, he’s going to make up for it in the fall. He’s probably going to be one of the guys we send to the Arizona Fall League.”
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