Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him out of the lineup for at least two days.

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Correa Out with Strained Shoulder

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Per ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Correa has a strained shoulder that will keep him out of the Astros’ lineup for two to three days. 

Losing Correa, even for a couple of days, is a difficult blow for the Astros in their chase for an AL wild-card spot. They have won 13 of their last 17 games, with the 21-year-old having an excellent .274/.362/.460 slash line in his second MLB season.

Correa hinted at his potential last year, when he was the American League Rookie of the Year despite playing in only 99 contests. He slashed .279/.345/.512 with 22 home runs and 68 RBI and was responsible for 4.1 offensive wins above replacement, per ESPN.com.

He also demonstrated his solid speed by stealing 14 bases and patrolling the middle infield.

The Astros announced that they will put Alex Bregman at shortstop for Wednesday’s game against Cleveland. He was drafted as a shortstop out of LSU last season, so there is no reason to expect any kind of defensive slide.

Still, Correa is one of the primary reasons the Astros had World Series aspirations heading into the 2016 campaign after reaching the American League Division Series in 2015. They are 1.5 games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot, so every game at this point is crucial for the franchise in its quest to make another postseason appearance. 

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