MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota TwinsYou have avoided a scare by using star shortstop Carlos CorreaFollowing a hit by pitch in the previous game, a right middle finger fracture was not as severed as originally thought.
A CT scan was done Friday and confirmed that he had not suffered a fracture. He is just sore and bruised.
“Thank You Lord!” Correa tweeted.
His condition will be assessed daily and he won’t have to be placed on the injured list.
Falvey stated, “The truth is that it's going to be inflammation management.”
Correa will be replaced for now by top prospect Royce Lewis. Lewis was recalled by Triple-A St. Paul to replace Correa. Luis Arraez, who was added to the COVID-19 List.
Correa was plunked twice Minnesota's loss at BaltimoreThursday. The first in the fifth inning seemed to touch his left arm and go into his right shoulder. In the eighth, the second one struck his right hand and landed on the bat's handle. Correa was quickly relieved on a groundout after the ball reached fair territory.
Correa's first season was not a smooth one. After starting slow at the plate, he had a.412 bat average (14 out 34) and eight RBI his last eight games.
Correa signed a $105.3 million contract for three years with the Twins. There is an opt-out clause at the end of each season. Correa has been a consistent presence at shortstop and provided leadership. He was the recipient of the 2021 AL Gold Glove Award.
The Twins had a 2 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central before their game against Oakland on Friday. They have been stretched thin this week.
Manager Rocco, Arraez, and starting pitcher Dylan BundyAll tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday. They had mild symptoms. Jayce Tingler, bench coach, has been appointed temporary manager for Baldelli out. Falvey spoke to reporters via videoconference, as he also had COVID-19.
First baseman Miguel Sanó is out indefinitely, facing surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. After he was injured jumping up and down in celebration of a win over Detroit on April 26, he aggravated his injury by trying to manage the pain on Saturday at Tampa Bay.
The left fielder is also a key player in the lineup. Alex KirilloffRight wrist inflammation has kept, out of the hospital for the last month.
Since the Twins selected him as the top pick in 2017, the 22-year-old Lewis from Southern California has had some difficulties getting to the majors.
Lewis broke his ACL while practicing agility drills in an offseason session. This was after a year of no minor league competition in 2020 because of the COVID-19 epidemic. After reconstructive surgery, he remained out of the game for the entirety of 2021.
Lewis is the top Twins prospect and is ranked 44th in MLB.
Falvey stated, “We're forced into a position now where he has to step up and move.” He's going have some good days and some bad days.