Carlos Correa had a solid 2016 season that may get lost amid his heightened expectations and with so many other shortstops producing at the plate. Correa drew more walks last season, but also struck out a bit more and also did not get as much loft on his batted balls as he did in his rookie season. He also didn't run as frequently as expected, as he attempted just 17 steals. Correa needs to close the gaps in his splits to improve as he has hit for a better average and more power against righties than he has lefties. He could hit anywhere in the top four spots of the lineup in 2017, but hitting between Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve could be huge for his runs and RBI. At just 23, Correa still has time to become the top player at his position and fantasy superstar many envisioned when drafting him in the first round last year.
Correa (shoulder) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. An ill-fated diving attempt at shortstop Friday resulted in an injury to Correa's left shoulder, the same one that cost him time earlier this month, but the 22-year-old won't even miss a start. Correa has posted just a .677 OPS this month but his second-half line still sits at .290/.371/.451.
Correa prematurely exited Friday's game against the Angels with an injury to his left shoulder, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. Correa suffered the injury while diving for a ball in the field. Worse yet, it's the same shoulder that caused him to miss four games earlier in the month with inflammation. If he's forced to miss further time, Marwin Gonzalez or Colin Moran may fill in at short.
Correa went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Mariners. Correa plated Houston's second run with his seventh-inning blast off Ariel Miranda. The home run was the first of the month for Correa, who also notched his first multi-hit game of September. The 21-year-old phenom has now cleared 20 home runs in each of his first two seasons, although it took him 141 games this year compared to 92 last year. Despite the reduced power production, he's still one of the better fantasy options at shortstop with 92 RBI, 13 steals and a .272/.361/.458 slash line.
Correa will be in the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. Correa was limited to just one at-bat Sunday as he took the field for the first time since Tuesday, but it appears his removal had more to do with the lopsided score at the time he was taken out -- 9-0 in favor of the Cubs -- than the health of his shoulder. The Astros have not yet released their lineup for Monday's contest, but Correa figures to start at shortstop and hit cleanup as he has done regularly the last several months.
Correa (shoulder) is once again not on the Astros' lineup Saturday for their matchup with the Cubs. While Correa is technically day-to-day, he has been struggling to even take swings since suffering a shoulder injury. He will miss his fourth consecutive game on Saturday. The team was originally optimistic the 21-year-old would be able to return to the lineup at some point for this weekend's series. Alex Bregman will start in his place Saturday.