Obviously, you never want one of your best players to get hurt. That’s what happened to the Astros on Tuesday, as Carlos Correa will be lost for 6-8 weeks due to a thumb injury.
Correa has been the best hitting shortstop in baseball this year, and was having a terrific season, hitting .320 with 20 HRs and 67 RBIs.
But as far as news goes, it could be a lot worse. Correa is expected to be back for the stretch drive, and more importantly, the playoffs.
And the reality is the Astros have more than enough offense and a big enough lead in the division (15.5 games) to mitigate the loss of Correa. Marwin Gonzalez (.311, 17 HR and 55 RBI could fill in. Alex Bregman could also see time at his natural position. His pedestrian hitting (.257, 8 HRs and 28 RBIs) is less of a liability at shortstop. In fact, it is above average production for the position as opposed to third base. And Colin Moran, a longtime prospect, has been tearing it up at Triple A and may finally be ready to step up at the major league level.
So no, losing Correa is not a good thing. He has evolved into a true superstar, and was having a career year. But the Astros are well equipped to handle the loss. Unless, of course, there are more injuries. They can survive Correa. But lose Altuve? Springer? Gonzalez? Suddenly, the lineup takes a hit.
For now, though, the Astros should be OK. They have survived key injuries to the pitching staff, which is much thinner. They can survive this. It’s a shame, but the Astros have enough to overcome it.