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.
The Texas Rangers just announced that they have fired Jeff Banister as the team’s manager. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season.
Banister was in the last year of his contract with the club, but there was an option for 2019. Rangers brass, obviously, has decided to go in a different direction following what will be the club’s worst finish in Banister’s tenure. At the moment the Rangers are 64-88 and are assured of last place in the AL West.
Banister was hired before the 2015 season and led the Rangers to first place finishes in each of his first two seasons. The club fell to a disappointing third place and a 78-84 record last season, however, and this season the descent has continued. Injuries and under achievement has been the order of the day for the past two years and, with the career of Adrian Beltre nearing its end and the Rangers having been passed up by the Astros as the class of the division, a rebuild is in the club’s future.
Banister ends his reign as the Rangers’ skipper with a record of 325-313.