Twins’ Correa placed on injured reserve ahead of Astros series

A coach talks to Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa, right, after being hit by a pitch from Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Spenser Watkins during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Baltimore.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A coach talks to Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Correa, right, after being hit by a pitch from Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Spenser Watkins during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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The Minnesota Twins placed shortstop Carlos Correa on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with a bruised right middle finger that wasn’t healing fast enough for him to face his former team.

The move, retroactive to last Friday, was made before the Twins began a three-game series against the Houston Astros, for whom Correa has played for the past seven seasons. Correa can be reinstated on the active roster next Monday, meaning he will have to sit out at least six more games.

“I don’t think I’ll be ready for at least three, four more days. So it’s just a smart move,” Correa said. “Get another body on the bench that can go out there and help the team win.”

Correa was hurt in Baltimore when a pitch hit his right hand while he was on the bat handle with him in the middle of a half swing. The ball entered fair territory and it was easily taken out on a pitch. The Twins initially feared he had broken his finger, but a CT scan confirmed there was no fracture for the 27-year-old infielder.

Correa said Tuesday that he tried hitting and throwing on Monday, but couldn’t do it without pain.

“So we said, ‘Hey, let’s take it easy. Let’s wait for it to get better. We’ll go from there,” Correa said.

After signing a three-year, $105.3 million contract that includes opt-outs after this season and next, Correa is batting .255 with five doubles, two home runs, 12 runs, 11 RBIs and eight walks. in 24 games for the Twins. He was on a tear just before the injury, going 14 for 34 with eight RBIs in his last eight games.

Starting pitcher Chris Paddack was also placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to Monday, with an inflamed right elbow. He was retired in the third inning on Sunday. In five starts since being acquired in a trade with San Diego, Paddack is 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA, two walks and 20 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.

Paddack, who had Tommy John surgery in 2016 as a minor leaguer in the Padres system, said he was getting a second opinion on his right elbow but knows another elbow surgery is a possibility.

“Having had surgery once already is definitely a tough time mentally,” Paddack said Tuesday. “But I’ve been through it once, if so I’ll hold my head up high and we’ll move on.”

The Twins promoted outfielder Mark Contreras and right-hander Jharel Cotton from Triple-A St. Paul to fill the roster spots.

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