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.
Infielder Brett Lawrie successfully avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract with the White Sox on Friday, per a team announcement. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that the deal was for $3.5 million, significantly lower than the $4.125 million Lawrie was paid by the White Sox in 2016.
The White Sox acquired Lawrie last December in a swap for minor league arms Zack Erwin and J.B. Wendelken. After splitting time at second and third base for the Athletics in 2015, Lawrie slotted in at second base and DH for the White Sox and batted .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs in 384 PA. While it’s strange to see a healthy, fairly productive player receive a salary reduction in arbitration, Lawrie missed nearly half of the season with a strain in his left hamstring, though he’s projected to return at full health by the start of the 2017 season.
Left-hander Brian Duensing signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cubs on Friday, per a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The free agent spent the bulk of his 2016 season with the Orioles after receiving a call-up from Triple-A Norfolk in early June. He underwent elbow surgery several weeks later when a freak bullpen injury revealed cartilage chips and inflammation in his pitching elbow, but recovered to finish the season with a 4.05 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings for the club. The Orioles utilized him for a final out during the AL Wild Card game, during which Duensing recorded a five-pitch strikeout in the ninth inning of their 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
The 33-year-old is currently expected to bulk up the Cubs’ left-handed relief corps, with fellow left-hander Mike Montgomery slated for the rotation in 2017.