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 loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.
Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.
Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.