MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins got over their initial shock of fear that their star shortstop Carlos Correa He would have suffered a fracture in the middle finger of his right hand due to the pitch that hit him in the previous game.
On Friday, it was confirmed, after a CT scan, that the Puerto Rican did not suffer a fracture, said the president of baseball operations, Derek Falvey. Correa only presented a bruise and pain.
“Thank you, Lord,” Correa tweeted.
The player’s physical condition will be evaluated every day and will not need to be placed on the disabled list.
“The truth is that it will only be about controlling the inflammation and pain,” Falvey said.
For now, the featured prospect royce lewis will replace Correa. Lewis was called up from Triple-A St. Paul to make his major league debut and take the place on the Venezuelan infielder’s roster Luis Arraezwho is on the inactive list due to COVID-19.
Correa was hit twice with pitches Thursday, in Minnesota’s loss at the home of the Baltimore Orioles. The first time it happened in the fifth inning: the ball hit him in the forearm and on the way it hit his right shoulder.
The second, in the eighth inning, hit him in the right hand mid-swing while he was holding the handle of the bat, but the ball came out as a weak ground ball into fair territory and the player was easily put out.
After a slow start at the plate in his first season with the Twins, Correa had a .412 batting average (14-for-34) and eight RBIs in his last eight games.
After signing a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins that includes a release clause at the end of this season and the next, Correa provided immediate leadership and developed into a solid shortstop, a position in the who won the American League Gold Glove Award in 2021.
The Twins, who led the Cleveland Guardians 2 1/2 games in the AL Central going into Friday’s game against the Oakland Athletics, had several losses this week.
The pilot Rocco Baldelli, Arráez and the starter Dylan Bundy They were marginalized because on Thursday they tested positive for COVID-19. All had mild symptoms. Bench coach Jayce Tingler will temporarily replace Baldelli as driver.
Falvey made statements to the press in a video conference because he, too, had COVID-19.
Dominican first baseman Miguel Sano he is out indefinitely due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Sanó was injured when he celebrated the victory in which the team seeded the Detroit Tigers on April 26 by jumping and the problem was aggravated when he tried to play on Saturday with everything and inconvenience in the visit to Tampa Bay Rays.
Another sensitive loss in the lineup is that of the left fielder alex kirilloffwho has been inactive for the past month due to inflammation in his right wrist.
Lewis, 22, of Southern California, has strayed a bit from his path to the majors since the Twins selected him with the first pick in the 2017 draft.
After a year without minor league competition in 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lewis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while doing an agility drill in offseason practice before reporting to the spring training last year. He sat out the entire 2021 season recovering from reconstructive surgery.
Lewis is the Twins’ top prospect, ranked 44th overall by MLB.
“We’re pressed into a situation now where he has to step up and walk away,” Falvey said. “He’s going to have some good days and he’s going to have some bad days.”
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