Could the Houston Astros’ big loss be a long-term gain for the Texas Rangers?
The Astros revealed Tuesday that All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa, who was a possible MVP candidate, will be out 6-8 weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb and will require surgery. Correa leads all major league shortstops with 20 home runs, 67 RBIs, a .320 batting average and .966 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).
Correa’s injury could provide a sliver of hope for the Rangers (45-47) even though they trail the first-place Astros (62-31) by 16 1/2 games in the American League West. Seattle (47-47) sits in second place, one game ahead of Texas and 15 1/2 games behind Houston.
The Rangers still have nine games remaining with the Astros, including six at home starting with a three-game set Aug. 11-13 at Globe Life Park. Still, it would take a major collapse by the Astros and an extended run of success by the Rangers to at least make things interesting in the AL West.
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Correa originally injured the thumb sliding headfirst into home plate on July 4 in Atlanta. He was playing through the pain, but aggravated the injury during Monday night’s 9-7 loss to the Mariners on a swing and was forced to exit in the fourth inning.
Gonzalez, a super utility man, is enjoying a career season while hitting .311 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs.
Correa, 22, heads to the disabled list for the first time in his major league career.