The Puerto Rican shortstop for the Minnesota Twins, Carlos Correaleft the game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday due to injury and could miss several games in the final stretch of the regular season. Big leagues.
Correa left the game in the first inning after catching a fly ball hit by TJ Friedl.
After the game, Correa confirmed that the plantar fasciitis injury he has suffered in his left foot for some time has worsened.
“I felt like a little ‘pop’ in my heel,” Correa said, according to The Athletic. “I didn’t feel good at all. It was difficult for me to move. Even walking, it felt like there was a knife in my heel. For me to come out in the first inning… It was very painful.”
Correa has accepted that the injury to his left foot has affected him in recent months, but with the Twins in contention for a spot in the postseason, the Santa Isabel native has opted to receive treatment and keep playing.
The Twins lost Monday at Cincinnati, 7-3. With a record of 79-72, Minnesota maintains a comfortable seven-game lead over the Cleveland Guardians at the top of the American League Central Division.
Despite the pain, Correa has remained in the Twins lineup. According to data from The Athletic, Correa has played in 91 of Minnesota’s 100 games since May 26.
In 135 games this season, Correa has a .230 average – which would be the lowest of his career – with 18 home runs and 65 RBIs.. A month ago, Correa expressed that if he were headed for free agency this winter, he would likely be resting.
Correa is in the first season of a six-year, $200 million contract he signed with the Twins.
The Puerto Rican announced that he will meet with the Twins staff to decide if the rest in the remainder of the regular season will be the best for his recovery.
“We have to make some decisions as a team. We have to meet with (athletic trainer Nick Paparesta) and obviously (manager Rocco Baldelli), and see what is best for me heading into the final stretch and the postseason. At the same time, I keep insisting on this, (the injury) is not going to get better. I’m not going to get better. I’m not going to move better. Maybe it’s best to get some rest and just show up and play big games. But at the same time, we have not yet secured (postseason space),” Correa said.
The Twins return to the field today in Cincinnati for the second of a three-game series.