Twin shortstop Carlos Correa was hit twice in the hand in his team’s 5-3 loss to the Orioles on Thursday night. He initially stayed in the game after a hit-by-pitch in the fifth inning but was later removed. Shortly after the game ended, the Twins told reporters that the X-rays were complete and there could be some pretty bad news.
“Preliminary imaging shows the potential for a non-displaced fracture of the right middle finger,” they said (via Dan Hayes of The Athletic).
Correa will receive a CT scan on Friday so team doctors can get a full picture, but here’s a broken middle finger on the table and that’s bad news in a sport that involves throwing a ball and swinging a wooden bat got to. Luckily, the worst possible news here is a non-displaced fracture, meaning Correa would avoid surgery, but that’s still a situation that will take several weeks to heal before Correa heads to a minor league rehab assignment can break up to get his timing back.
Correa has hit .255/.320/.372 so far this season with five doubles, two homers, 11 RBI and 12 runs. He got off to a slow start but had a seven-game hitting streak before Thursday, hitting .452 with one homer and eight RBI.
The twins had won 11 of their last 12 games before relinquishing the contests to the Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday. They remain in first place in the AL Central by 2 1/2 games over the Guardians but losing two games in Baltimore and possibly losing Correa by a stretch has dampened the good spirits.
Nick Gordon played shortstop to close out Thursday’s game. The Twins could temporarily fall short of Jorge Polanco, while Luis Arraez gets second-place time as long as Correa is also out. Also, Royce Lewis, No. 1 overall of 2017, beats .310 with .994 OPS in Triple-A.
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/carlos-correa-injury-latest-x-rays-for-twins-slugger-show-possible-finger-fracture-ct-scan-set-for-friday/ Carlos Correa latest injury: X-rays of Twins Slugger show possible finger fracture; CT scan scheduled for Friday