Twins shortstop Carlos Correa has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his left foot arch and plantar fasciitis, per John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Correa hasn’t yet been placed on the injured list but it seems like that’s still on the table. “I think we get to Friday and some of our decisions might be made for us,” manager Rocco Baldelli says.
Correa sat out yesterday’s game with a bruised left heel and he had an MRI, per Dan Hayes of MLB.com. Although some inflammation was found, it seemed like a minor issue that could allow him to return in a few days and he sat out today’s contest as well. Now it seems that further testing has found that the issue is a bit more serious than initially thought and the club will have to decide whether to put him officially on the shelf or play shorthanded for a few days.
Many fans will read about Correa’s foot and immediately think of the hoopla that surrounded his free agency this winter when he twice had nine-figure agreements scuttled by health concerns. He and the Giants agreed to a 13-year, $350MM deal but they backed out at the last second, leading Correa to pivot to the Mets and a 12-year, $315MM deal. Both of those clubs became wary over the health of Correa’s ankle, though that was in his right leg while this week’s issue is with Correa’s left foot.
When those deals fell through, Correa landed with the Twins on a six-year, $200MM deal with four vesting options that could take the full payout to $270MM over 10 years. The shortstop has scuffled out of the gate here in 2023, currently hitting .213/.302/.396 through 192 plate appearances for a 92 wRC+. That’s well shy of his career output but it’s likely that poor fortune is playing a role, as his .252 batting average on balls in play is well below his .315 career mark.
It would be fair to expect Correa to get better results going forward via positive regression but that might have to wait a bit, depending on how long this foot injury lingers. Though it doesn’t seem like this is especially concerning on its own, the club is dealing with a growing injury problem overall. Infielder/outfielder Joey Gallo missed today’s game with a sore hamstring, per Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com, and the club might want to rest him a few more times. Unlike Correa, Gallo is out to a roaring start this year, hitting 11 home runs already while walking in 14.2% of his plate appearances. That’s led to a .211/.328/.561 batting line and 141 wRC+.
The Twins also have six position players on the injured list, with Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, Trevor Larnach, Nick Gordon, Gilberto Celestino and Royce Lewis all on the shelf. While the issues of Correa and Gallo seem to be on the minor side, it will continue to test their depth during a time when it’s already being stretched. Since the club was largely undone by injuries in 2022, they will surely be hoping for a bit better luck in that department in the months to come as they look to hang onto their slim lead in the American League Central.
Steve Cohen right now: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
My thoughts exactly. If you fail your physical, it’s okay the Twinkies will still want you, and then they will sign you. No worries.
Reading is fundamental, the article clearly states this has nothing to do with the health of his right ankle/
Doesn’t matter. Lifetime .275 hitter who barely averages over 100 games played per year. 200M for somebody who plays 60% of the time? He’s breaking down and it seems obvious.
Más pior, so add plantar fascitis to the lingering issue on his right ankle and the Twins as well as the Yankees with Rodón, are doomed!!!!!
It also means Correa has chronic issues with both lower extremities. Actually, that’s worse.
Funny how the Astros replaced him without skipping a beat.
Derek the negative defensive guy still leads, 5 WS rings to one.
275 is a solid batting average in this day and age. And besides, who in front offices rates hitters solely on batting average nowadays? Nobody, that’s who.
No one ever rated players solely on batting average. Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek and Roger Maris, the 1-2-3 guys in 1961, were all .260 hitters. The Yankees knew who to depend on for what.
True, its the 60% of games played that concerns me when passing out that kind of money.
I’m surprised, after falling physicals, Cashman didn’t jump in with a 12 year deal. At least that’s one the Yankees managed to sidestep. Rodon, Donaldson, Stanton etc. is another story.
It’s easy to say the physical concerns were on the right, and these issues are with the left, BUT, if you’re having discomfort or issues with one side of the body it’s not unusual to overcompensate, change gait, put more weight and strain on the other side of the body
Lol what nonsensical garbage
No it’s very true.
Are you observing his gait putting undue pressure on the other foot? Give me a break. Or a good hit of that chron.
22 sports fans disagree with you, but you be you
A rangers fan, not the least bit a Correa fan. But he’s a stud and will be fine Thursday morning armchair doctors
Well yeah, Correa will be fine. He’ll be great. It’s the twins who will be sucking wind.
No. But to a middle schooler such as yourself, that’s a predictable response.
GASoxfan – Lol, what are you even talking about? I suffer from plantar fasciitis and not because I am over compensating.
How much strain are you putting on your foot sitting at a computer typing nonsense?
Only one typing nonsense is you. Plantar faciitis is caused by pressure on the arch of your foot. And there are several reasons for PF such as the shape of your foot, having high arches, being flat footed, constantly standing on your feet are to name a few.
Then there is the sports side of it, which can be caused by running, jogging or walking and not having the proper shoes when doing so. Which I suffered from PF because I was walking up to 4 miles a day and didn’t have proper walking shoes. But once my doctor sent me to a foot specialist and was told to buy proper shoes. I bought some running/walking shoes and the problem went away.
So like I said, he has nothing to do with his previous injury or him over compensating.
I suffer from plantar fasciitis and not because I am over compensating.
How do you know? A lot of times, there are reasons why things hurt. Bad running form, bad lifting form, etc., is what breaks down joints and muscles.
it’s not unusual to overcompensate,
Spot on correct. This could be entirely unrelated, But leg issues often show symptoms in other places. When you run as hard as these guys do, and as often, any imbalance is going to create issues.
Giants and Mets
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Seems like those teams had reason to pass after all. Folks can theorize one thing but you will never know the real concern despite the media guessing games.
Seems like maybe they didn’t really have reason to pass, since we will never know..
This one belongs…:You gotta read the article a little closer. He was turned down the Giants and Mets because of his right leg. This injury is to his left foot. Apples and oranges.
Avenger – that doesn’t necessarily mean they are unrelated.
If your right foor or ankle bugs you, you may shift some of your weight to the left foot or ankle right? Anyone who has had a foot or ankle injury is familiar with that. Well,
We don’t have enough info to say whether it is related, or it is unrelated. But to toss out conjecture that very well could be is certainly fair game.
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I read the article. See below on how the human body works. Maybe a little knowledge of HIPPA laws would be good for you too. We will never know if they were concerned about more than the known injury.
I have a reasonable understanding of HIPAA laws and how they relate to sports injuries. And I also know the correct acronym. 😉
I agree. Let’s say your right leg is a quarter-inch shorter because of a break that didn’t heal right. If you are running both legs at the same speed, it almost automatically means some part of one of the legs is being stressed more.in order to make both sides equal.
My uncle’s wife is a podiatrist. The left and right foot absolutely are connected.
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My wife is a nurse and yes, I always misspell HIPAA for some reason.
Neither my wife nor any of my uncles’ wives are in the medical field. However, I played a dentist in a play once.
Maybe you meant HIPPO laws. For fat ashes like Vogelfat and Gary Fatchez.
I was in the play “Hair”.
I had a part in the middle.
That reminds me…
I was in a middle-eastern production of Little Rascals. I was Al Falafel. And I got lots of dates.
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They’re here all week!
Don’t forget to tip your waitress…and set her upright again.
I was in the play “Fiddler on the Roof”.
Didn’t make any money.
All my work was on the house.
“You want answers?”
“I want the tooth!”
You can’t HANDLE the tooth!”
Dr. Nathan Fessup, Col, USMC Dental Corp.
Apples and oranges.?
With that weak underpinning he better not trip and fall on his banana.
Plantar Fasciitis can be bad. Cost Mark McGwire most of the ’93 and ’94 seasons
C’mon, Pujols wasn’t playing in ’93 and ’94. 😉
Little Stevie Janowsky
What he’s saying is, it cost Pujols over a season getting better from it. The only scary part is Pujols came back in a couple months when he felt better, but it was just a bandaid, he needed more time, and or surgery. Which he got in the off season because he came back not fully healed.
Pedro Martinez’s Mango Tree
@Plug Way to take the joke seriously
Carlos Quentin too
With an eye towards helping Correa elevate his batting average, the Twins have installed a Garbage Can in the team’s Home Dugout.
What, no hi tech like all the other teams?
Little Stevie Janowsky
@gbs42 damn you’re even less funny than that elderly man @bronxmac or whatever his name is
Little Stevie Janowsky
You eat your rice pudding today Cletus?
What’s more silly, this comment or the fact that you so respect garbage cans and home dugouts that you capitalized both?
For Love of the Game
Maybe he was referring a brand, like the Houston Astros Garbage Can©.
He thinks the WM on those green trucks stands for William.
This probably explains his rough start to the season, although he if I remember correctly he had a slow start in 2022. Hopefully it’s just a 15-day IL stint.
Yeah, Gallo might have hit some bombs, but do you really want a .200 hitter in the middle of the line up? Kinda means if he doesn’t hit it out, he’s not driving in any runs.
As opposed to the alternatives?
Many teams would love an .890 OPS mid-order bat to take a chance on driving in runs.
I’d prefer hitters that actually drove in runs.
Batting average doesn’t tell the Gallo story. Dude doesn’t need to hit .300 he’s on base all the time and hitting jacks while playing top shelf defense.
.328 OBP isn’t exactly on base all the time. Add that with a 33.6% K rate and he’s walking the line of diminishing the SLG. His defensive metrics have him as an average to a shade below avg fielder this year and last.
He has a 141 OPS+ I’d take that any day.
Not sure I’d take it any day in May, since his split for May is .186/.304/.424 and .728 OPS/ 99 OPS+. Added to his ground ball rate that has jumped in May to 44.4% and fly ball rate has fallen from 72% to 47%. All that to go with a 34% K rate and not top shelf fielding, I don’t think he’s a guy just about any team would stick in the middle of their order.
Maybe he stabilizes. Maybe he’s returning to the guy that’s been bouncing around the league the last several years.
Texas was a hitters’ park.
Gallo ‘hit’ .204. He’s the product of analytics suits who couldn’t hit in tee ball.
He can’t hit a good fast ball above the belt. During crunch time, with the game on the bases, he’s worthless.
Indeed, 39% K-rate is a drag on the whole offense. Gallo is poster boy for TTU analytics.
I had him for a while on my fantasy team this year. The guy is just feast or famine, he’s constantly in and out of the lineup, and the ofers are a killer. He has value, but he’s no darling of fantasy leaguers.
With all the injuries the twins have had over the last couple years, is the training staff to blame? Sometimes it’s bad luck but two years in a row their depth is decimated early on.
No, not following the Giants and Mets are to blame. Twins had reason to believe Correa wasn’t healthy, so they passed on him. It was his foot or ankle that was the issue to begin with. Twins signed him knowing that he had failed a physical with two teams for the same reason.
In this case, Twins are to blame.
Same person. Multiples health and work ethics issues. Excellent negotiator and cheater.
Bloom, you got off on the wrong foot.
Guess I shouldn’t assume but considering his BA, it seems like he isn’t doing great anyway.
The Twins replaced most of their training staff after last season.
I bet you it’s that gosh darn fake turf there at the Metrodome tearing those players up! Did you know there is usually concrete under that fake grass? Probably not fun diving on that stuff. Ouch.
Metrodome, eh? Gosh darn it.
The Twins hired away the Athletics’ head trainer in the offseason, so it’s not that.
Fernando Ringworm Jr.
Farhan Zaidi and Billy Eppler redemption season.
Dumpster Divin Theo
“Oh no poor baby!” – Joe Kelly
Dumpster Divin Theo
Foot in mouth injury more like
So the Mets and Giants saw this coming
I thought for sure Correa would redeem himself this year but I guess I was wrong
Take the money and run
Positive regression? I think you are looking for the word progression there.
Ding! you’re hired!
I knew there was a better word out there somewhere!
Regression is returning to a prior state, so positive regression is accurate.
Progression is not a statistical term. Positive regression is the correct phrasing.
– a math teacher
Hey. Math teacher…
Does Correa need a ‘no slide rule?’
Awwww. Did Rocco kiss his boo-boo too?
Awwww. Did Rocco kiss his boo-boo too?
What goes on in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.
Mets dodged some bullets last offseason:
All on IL or IL bound.
Do short stops need good feet? Asking for a friend….
That contract might not be as appealing when Carlos is a 1B in two years
And boom goes the dynamite. This was the area of concern everybody was worried about and now it’s been justified and all after he’s played over a quarter of the season and been basically terrible.
So $36M already down the drain on this contract and he’s only getting older and there will only be more wear and tear breaking down the parts of his body that were of concern enough that nobody else committed to the contracts they tentatively had agreed upon with him.
This contract will be an embarrassment in the end.
His left ankle was not “the area of concern”.
Seems like the best opportunity to slot in Royce Lewis who is near ready.
Everyone keeps saying the Mets and Giants were right, but this injury is not the same as what they were worried about. They had concerns about an ankle. This is an injury at the bottom of the foot in the arch. Hoping for the best.
With Lewis almost ready though the Twins have the depth. Brooks Lee is young, but not far from ready as well. Let’s see what they can do while Correa recovers.
If only Cohen had been just a slightly bigger money mark.
Players and training staff put entirely too much emphasis on strength exercises and not nearly enough on basic stretching which can prevent so many of these issues.
Not to sound racist at all but with the South American players. They come out with guns blazing UNTIL they hit the jackpot with a long term, mega money deal. They fall off a cliff, become lazy and the only thing they hit is the fast food lines
“Not to sound racist, BUT…” sentences never go well
For starters here, Puerto Rico is not in South America.
@ Candlestoked – Forget it. He’s on a roll.
You might not be the best person to decide how racist you sound.
When contracts are guaranteed and results don’t matter all that much, it is more of a human nature thing independent of race/ethnicity/gender. It extends really to any profession as well (salesperson who has little/no incentives on top of base pay, a tenured teacher, etc). Some will remain completely dedicated and others will go through the motions. Correa misses plenty of games, so he is probably neither.
You sound like you think Italians rub garlic in their hair. And Irish rub Guinness.
You’re right. ullnvrknw how utterly ignorant you sound.
@ullnvrknw I’ll let you borrow my screen name for awhile.
Twins wasted money
I wish I can find the idiot fake giant fan who claimed he knew everything and saiid how dumb the giants were. Compared harper to correa. Giants were smart and you can see they have a good team and just need to fix their pen. Fake ass fan
Hi Dbacks44—I think you are talking about the FireFarhan guy who was all over MLBTR over the winter spouting off nonsense. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Farhan is so smart and I’m so happy with him, I hope the Giants give him a 10 year extension!
I just don’t answer FireFartman.
Is it his BABIP or the fact that he got his bag and has lost his motivation? Why do you think we see players routinely have their best years in their walk season?
I don’t have any issues with Correa right now. In 2020, Correa had an identical wRC+ of 94 through 221 PA compared to the 192 PA this year. It’s too small of a sample size. He started pretty slow for the Twins last year as well.
Last 10 games? .289/.400/.474 OPS .874 wRC+ 148. Correa will be fine.
I do think the injury issues are revealing some underlying training issue or philosophy with the Twins front office and management in general. The Twins fired their head trainer after last year’s debacle only to see the same type of injury rate this year. Rocco’s desire to rest everybody constantly hasn’t exactly paid dividends.
A lot of verbiage is spent on doom and gloom. But Correa runs out his hits, has shifted and reacted well in the field at short, and has had no issues sprinting to chase down popups into shallow outfield. He may be back on the field by Saturday for all we know. He has had a slow start with the bat. But take a look at the rest of their lineup. The team leads MLB in strikeouts.
The pathetic portion of the Mets fanbase can take solace in the downfall of Rocker and Correa if they want. After all, no one cast any aspersions about said persons being high-character individuals.
Mets fans are really in no position to point out other teams’ spending follies. Even the Twins, as middling as they are, have a slightly better record.
Sure glad the giants didn’t over pay for Carlos. They already messed up signing Crawford after his best year on his walk year. Correa isn’t worth more than 4 years. But giants made up for it signing bunch of weak sauce pitching like stripling, manea and Rogers.