Astros top prospect and former No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa injured his ankle over the weekend and today general manager Jeff Luhnow told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle that the Single-A shortstop is expected to “miss a significant period of time.”
He suffered the injury while sliding into third base on a triple Saturday and had to be carted off the field. There’s no official announcement yet on the injury because the team is waiting for Correa to be examined further by an ankle specialist.
It’s a shame, because Correa has been fantastic this season, hitting .325 with power and speed while being one of the youngest players in the California League at age 19, and Ortiz writes that he appeared to be on the verge of a promotion to Double-A.
At times the Astros have been criticized for passing on Byron Buxton to select Correa first overall in the 2012, but Buxton has yet to play in the Twins organization this season due to a spring training wrist injury and Correa has emerged as a consensus top-10 prospect himself this year.
Padres starter Jered Weaver lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday afternoon’s Cactus League appearance against the Royals. He yielded four runs on three hits, throwing 31 pitches before getting pulled. His spring ERA now sits at an ugly 10.13.
Weaver said he’s been dealing with a “dead arm” since his last bullpen session, but added he’s dealt with the issue in previous springs, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Padres signed Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract last month. The right-hander is coming off of the worst season of his 11-year career. His fastball averaged a career-low 83 MPH and he put up a 5.06 ERA with a 103/51 K/BB ratio in 178 innings.
Earlier, Craig wrote about Dan Duquette’s dogwhistle language in his criticism of Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. We have some more dogwhistling, this time coming from Tigers (and Team U.S.) second baseman Ian Kinsler. Via Billy Witz of The New York Times:
I hope kids watching the W.B.C. can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico plays or the Dominican plays. That’s not taking anything away from them. That just wasn’t the way we were raised. They were raised differently and to show emotion and passion when you play. We do show emotion; we do show passion. But we just do it in a different way.
The goal of the World Baseball Classic, created by Major League Baseball, is to promote baseball across the globe. It’s players like Puerto Rico’s Javier Baez who are doing the best job in that regard, not boring white guys from the U.S. Potential baseball fans are not swayed into liking the sport when a player hits a home run and solemnly puts his head down to stroll the bases. They get excited and energized when players show emotion, flip their bats, celebrate. Baez did more to make baseball appeal to new and lapsed audiences with his premature celebration tag than the entire U.S. team has done this tournament.
Furthermore, it is hypocritical to want to diversify the sport’s audience while squelching incoming cultures.
Jim Leyland also got in on the action:
Go Puerto Rico.