Astros prospect Carlos Correa will “miss a significant period of time”

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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.

Imagining Theo Epstein in politics

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“When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

Or: “When Theo Epstein won World Series championships with the two most championship-starved franchises in baseball history, he got bored, and decided to run for the Senate or something.”

That latter bit is the premise of a Politico piece speculating that the Cubs president could go into politics one day. The story features an interview with former Obama chief strategist David Axlerod, who thinks Theo has what it takes. Mostly what he has is fame, popularity, good looks and money. No idea what his positions on issue are, but that other stuff goes a long way in politics these days.

Bonus: given what we just elected last fall, a guy who once had a little temper tantrum and dressed up in a gorilla suit is just as viable a candidate as anyone.

Another interestingly named player is promoted by the Pirates

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When you promote a player from the minors, the first and foremost consideration is whether or not he can help your ball club. But, assuming that’s taken care of, teams should really, really make it a priority to call up dudes with cool sounding names because it makes life more interesting for the rest of us.

The Pirates are doing that. The other night Dovydas Neverauskas made his big league debut. In addition to being the first Lithuanian born-and-raised player in major league history, it’s a solid, solid name. Now the Pirates are making another promotion: Gift Ngoepe.

Yep, Gift Ngoepe. He’s an infielder from South Africa, making the leap to the bigs due to David Freese‘s hamstring injury. Ngoepe, 27, was batting just .241/.308/.379 through 66 plate appearances this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, his ninth in the minors, so he’s not exactly a prospect. But man, that’s a killer name.

It’s also worth mentioning that Gift and Neverauskas were arrested together in a bar fight last August in Toledo, so there is already a good basis for some bonding here.

Good luck, Gift. Gift Ngoepe. Mr. Ngoepe. G-Ngo. Man, I could do this all day.