Astros general manager Jeff Lunow announced Wednesday — via Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle — that shortstop prospect Carlos Correa has undergone surgery for a fractured right fibula. Correa is done for the remainder of the 2014 season. It’s possible — though not certain — that Correa will be able to participate in a fall league this October.
Correa suffered the broken fibula on a hard slide into the third base bag Saturday night at High-A Lancaster. He had to be carried off the field by his Lancaster teammates and was then carted away from the dugout with a towel over his head.
The 19-year-old from Puerto Rico was batting .325/.416/.510 with six home runs, 57 RBI, 20 stolen bases, and 50 runs scored through 62 games this season in the California League. The Astros selected him first overall in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and Baseball America ranked him seventh on their Top 100 this winter.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.