Carlos Correa, the young budding star shortstop for the Houston Astros, had to leave the July 17th game early against the Seattle Mariners with an apparent thumb injury. A day later, the Astros announced that Correa’s injury was a torn ligament in his left thumb. The injury which will require surgery will cause him to miss the rest of July, August, and some of September as the rehab will take six to eight weeks.
Losing Correa, who was having a great year offensively and defensively, may hurt most teams but the Astros are built prepared for injuries. They have Marwin Gonzalez ,the amazing utility player who can fill in at shortstop.
Correa, who was selected to his first career all-star game, has put up the tenth best batting average at .320 and also had the eighth best on-base percentage at .400. While being someone that has gotten on base, he has also hit for 20 home runs second on the team only behind lead-off hitter George Springe.r who has hit 27. Coming in at eighth again he has had 67 runs batted in. Not only has Correa been great offensively but he has been solid defensively as he has only made 7 errors this year.
Marwin Gonzalez, who will likely become the starting shortstop and would be a starting shortstop on quite a few teams, has had his own solid season offensively along with defensively. Gonzalez himself has a .311 batting average along with a solid on-base percentage of .393 brings the contact along with the power. Marwin has hit for 17 home runs this year while having 55 runs batted in. Along with that he has made zero errors this year at short.
The Astros also announced that they have brought up their 23rd ranked prospect Colin Moran to take his roster spot. Moran who is primarily an outfielder has batted .308 with an on-base percentage of .373. He has also hit 18 home runs and 63 runs baatted in.
While losing an All-Star shortstop and fan favorite is heartbreaking and a huge loss to any team, it may not be for the Astros. The Astros still will have a smaller production but it is better than having an average replacement.