ANAHEIM, Calif. – Carlos Correa will not compete in the last four-game series of the Astros against the Angels, ending abruptly another abbreviated regular season in a full career.
Houston manager A.J. Hinch said Correa had visited a doctor on Thursday in Los Angeles. Nothing more serious was discovered during a review of Correa's back, according to Hinch, but this delay will cost Correa the rest of the regular season.
"Since he's been off for a few days, we would still need a full day of baseball activities, this has been postponed until tomorrow," Hinch said. "If any movement or activity takes place during the weekend, it does not seem like we have enough time to take it to action."
Hinch said the Astros "are waiting for (Correa) to be in the lineup" when they open the American League Division series on Oct. 4 at Minute Maid Park.
In fact, if Correa starts the first game, it will be the fourth game of his major league since August 19 – the day he had a recurrence of lower back pain. Correa played only one rehab match in the minor leagues before returning on Sept. 17.
In the September 11 matches, Correa pulled out five balls and scored two homers. He has played 27 major baseball games since August 18th.
"We have training sessions before the series of divisions where we will have live training, games (simulated) and things like that," Hinch said. "That's what we'll have to judge him on."
Correa's complaining of a tight comeback Tuesday in Seattle, a pain he attributed to the team's four-hour flight the day before. Hinch scratched him from the training that night, triggering three days of doubt about his availability.
Correa said Tuesday night that he would be in training on Wednesday. He was not. Asked Wednesday in Anaheim when he would play in Anaheim, Correa was optimistic but acknowledged that he would not be available Thursday after a night flight and a morning arrival in California.
Hinch's revelation on Thursday afternoon wiped out all remaining hope. Correa will finish the 2019 season after playing only 75 games, the least of his five seasons in the major leagues. He spent 76 games on the injured list, battling a combination of these persistent back problems and a May massage that went wrong.
At the opening day at Tampa Bay – a match that he was absent because of a neck pain – Correa claimed that he would participate in the "155 plus" matches during the regular season. The shortstop Astros All-Star has tried to crush the constant concerns about his health.
Six months later, little has been solved. Whether the Astros can count on him for production or playing in the playoffs is a legitimate question. The posa, Hinch was stable.
"I can trust him completely," said Hinch. "Totally, completely, we saw him coming out of a detox game and hitting two home runs in his last game, he's a great player, he's a former star player, he'll be fine." . "
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