Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Correa, on the disabled list, will not face Houston

MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) — The Minnesota Twins placed shortstop Carlos Correa on the 10-day injured list Tuesday because of a bruised middle finger on his right hand, from which he did not recover quickly enough to face his team. previous.

The decision, which is retroactive to Friday, was made by the Twins at the start of a three-game series against the Houston Astros, a team with which the Puerto Rican played the previous seven seasons.

Correa will be eligible to return to the active lineup next Monday, missing at least six games.

“I don’t think I’ll be ready for at least three or four days, so this was a smart move,” Correa said. “We put another player on the bench, who can help the team win.”

The Puerto Rican was injured against Baltimore when a pitch hit him in the right hand, with which he was holding the handle of the bat in the middle of a swing. The ball landed on fair ground and Correa was easily removed on the ground ball.

The Twins initially thought he had broken his finger, but an MRI ruled out that the 27-year-old infielder had suffered such an injury.

Correa said Tuesday that the day before he tried to pitch and hit, but couldn’t do it without pain.

“So we said, ‘Well, we have to be calm, we’re going to wait until this gets better and we’ll see what we do then,’” Correa said.

After signing a three-year, $105.3 million contract that includes buyout clauses after this season and the next, Correa has a .255 batting average with five doubles, two home runs, 12 runs scored, 11 RBIs and eight walks in 24 games with the Twins.

He looked devastating before the injury, batting 14-for-34 with eight RBIs in eight games.

Starter Chris Paddock also went on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, a decision retroactive to Monday, due to inflammation in his right elbow. He was taken out Sunday in the third inning.

In five starts since the Twins acquired him in a trade with San Diego, he is 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA, two walks and 20 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.

The Twins promoted outfielder Mark Contreras and right-hander Jharel Cottin from Triple-A St. Paul to fill payroll vacancies.

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