Astros shortstop Carlos Correa underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum, he revealed during a team event on Saturday. Correa said he struggled to breathe properly while running the bases this season and hopes the procedure will alleviate any similar issues in the future.
The 24-year-old infielder was no stranger to injuries in 2018. He was waylaid by a lingering case of lower back stiffness throughout the second half of the season, which caused him to miss around seven weeks of action as the Astros pushed for a repeat playoff run. Despite coming off of one of his best career years in 2017, Correa’s constant battle to remain healthy compromised his production levels in 2018 and fed into a career-worst .239/.323/.405 batting line, 15 home runs, and a .728 OPS over 468 plate appearances.
Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Correa isn’t expected to undergo a lengthy recovery process as he works his way back from surgery and chronic back pain. Additional comments made during Saturday’s event suggest that he’s no longer dealing with any back issues and will be able to resume his standard training program in a week or so.
The Cleveland Indians have traded two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers. In exchange, Texas is sending center fielder Delino DeShields and pitcher Emmanuel Clase to the Indians. The deal is pending physical
Kluber made only seven starts this past year thanks to a broken arm and a strained oblique muscle. When he did pitch he was no great shakes, posting a 5.80 ERA and 44 hits in 35.2 innings. Those were freak injuries that do not suggest long-term problems, however, so there’s a good reason to think he’ll bounce back to useful form, even if it’s a tough ask for him to return to the form that won him the 2014 and 2017 Cy Young Award.
Before his injury-wracked 2019 campaign, Kluber pitched over 200 innings in each of his previous five seasons so mileage could be an issue. For his career he’s 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA (134 ERA+), a 2.99 FIP, and a K/BB ratio of 1,461/292 over 1,341.2 innings in nine big league seasons.
Unless there is cash coming from Cleveland in the deal, the Rangers will be paying him $17.5 million this year and a 2021 option of $14 million pursuant to the five-year, $38.5 million contract he inked with Cleveland before the 2015 season.
DeShields, 27, is a career .246/.326/.342 hitter (76 OPS+) and that’s about how he performed in 2019 as well. He was demoted to Triple-A Nashville in May. Clase, who will turn 22 before next season, pitched 21 games, all but one in relief, for the Rangers in 2019 and will still be considered a rookie in 2020. He has been used mostly as a reliever in the minors as well.