Correa’s finger isn’t broken, just bruised

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins avoided a scare with star shortstop Carlos Correa, whose right middle finger didn’t break as originally feared after a hit-by-pitch in the previous game.

Friday’s CT scan confirmed he had not sustained a fracture, baseball operations president Derek Falvey said. He’s just hurt and sore.

“Thank you God,” Correa tweeted.

His status is being assessed day by day and he doesn’t have to be on the injured list.

“The reality is that it’s just a treatment for inflammation and soreness,” Falvey said.

For now, top prospect Royce will replace Lewis Correa. Lewis was recalled by Triple-A St. Paul to make his major league debut and fill the roster spot from infielder Luis Arraez, who has been placed on the COVID-19 list.

Correa was knocked down twice in Minnesota’s loss in Baltimore on Thursday. The first in the fifth inning appeared to graze his left forearm and hit him in the right shoulder. The second in the eighth inning caught his right hand while it was on the handle of the bat in the middle of a half swing. The ball went into fair territory and Correa was easily pulled back on a groundout.


After a slow start on the plate in his first season with the Twins, Correa was just getting started with a .412 batting average (14-34) and eight RBIs in his last eight games.

After signing a three-year, $105.3 million deal with the Twins that includes a release clause after this season and next, Correa has an immediate lead and a at shortstop, where he won the 2021 AL Gold Glove Award assumed a constant presence.

The Twins, who went into their game against Oakland on Friday at AL Central 2 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland, were thinly fed this week.

Manager Rocco Baldelli, Arraez and starting pitcher Dylan Bundy all tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and are on hiatus for the time being. They had mild symptoms. Bench trainer Jayce Tingler has taken over as interim trainer with Baldelli. Falvey reached out to reporters via video conference because he too had COVID-19.


First baseman Miguel Sanó is out indefinitely and will need surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was injured while hopping up and down to celebrate a walk-off victory over Detroit on April 26, and then compounded the injury while trying to overcome Saturday’s discomfort in Tampa Bay.

Another key cog in the lineup, left fielder Alex Kirilloff, has been out for a month with a right wrist infection.

The 22-year-old Lewis, who hails from Southern California, has had a bit of a distraction on his way to the majors since the Twins made him the top pick in the 2017 draft.

After a year without minor-league competition in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lewis then tore the ACL in his right knee while performing a flexibility drill in an off-season practice before retiring to spring training last year reported. He sat out the entire 2021 season to recover from reconstructive surgery.


Lewis is the top Twins prospect and is ranked 44th overall by MLB.

“We’re now pushed into a situation where he has to get up and leave,” Falvey said. “He’s going to have some good days, and he’s going to have some bad days.”


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