8:47 am: As some had considered, per a report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Twins will summon the best prospect Royce Lewis, likely to take Correa’s place on the roster. Whether or not Lewis will stay in the majors after Correa returns (and indeed, how long Correa will be out) remains to be seen, but it will be the majors’ first taste for the best overall pick in the amateur draw of 2017 . While proving to be more than capable against Triple-A competition so far in 2022, he has only played 56 games over High-A in his minor-league career.
7:54 AM: Preliminary X-rays reveal what appears to be a non-displaced fracture in Carlos Correa‘s right middle finger, the Twins announced after the team’s 5-3 loss to the Orioles on Thursday. The star shortstop, who signed the Twins to a $105.3 million three-year contract this offseason, will undergo a CT scan today to confirm the nature of the injury.
Correa appears to have sustained the injury in the seventh inning when he tried to control his swing against a Bryan Baker change. He had also been hit by a pitch in his previous at bat (a Spenser Watkins fastball glanced at his left wrist), but the pitch that appears to have caused the injury actually resulted in a groundout after he trickled into fair territory.
If the CT scan confirms the initial diagnosis, Correa wouldn’t need surgery, although it’s not clear yet how much time he’ll be missing. utility man Nick Gordon took over from Correa after the injury but manager Rocco Baldelli (or, while Baldelli is away from the team after testing positive for COVID, bench coach Jayce Tingler) could also turn to Jorge Polancowhich would probably take place Luis Arraez in an everyday role at second base. third baseman Gio Urshela has also made short appearances in his top-flight career for some time, although it is unlikely he would be more than a short-term option.
Should Correa miss any significant time, the Twins can also turn to the best prospect (and the best overall pick in the 2017 draft) Royce Lewis, which is en route to a blistering .310/.427/.560 start in Triple-A St. Paul over 103 at bats to open the season. The club may not want to rush Lewis, especially considering he hadn’t seen any game action – or played above Double-A – until April after he tore his ACL ahead of the 2021 season.
While the Twins obviously hope to have Correa back as soon as possible, he’s gotten off to a slow start in his new uniform. Even after coming out of the gate in May (1,036 OPS in a sample of four games), Correa’s 2022 .264/.323/.385 batting line is way behind his career triple-slash of .276/.355/.478 , especially in the energy department. Given the likelihood that he will opt out of the last two years of his contract at the end of the season (even after signaling that he is open to a long-term deal in the Twin Cities), the first-place Twins hopes to see him return to the field – and return to form – sooner rather than later.