Astros lose Carlos Correa for multiple weeks with cracked rib suffered during massage gone awry

The Houston Astros are going to be without one of their biggest stars for at least a couple weeks. Shortstop Carlos Correa is expected to miss at least three weeks with a cracked rib, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26.

The injury, however, didn’t happen during a game or a workout. Correa said he suffered the cracked rib during a massage at his home on Tuesday, something he said made the injury “even more frustrating.”

The 24-year-old was initially expected to play Tuesday’s game, but was removed from the lineup due to rib pain. After further tests, the team placed Correa on the Injured List on Wednesday. Correa could miss up to six weeks, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.

The injury halts what has been a strong comeback season for Correa. After battling through injuries last season, Correa is hitting .295/.360/.547 over 214 plate appearances.

Despite Correa’s performance, the Astros are well equipped to handle his absence. Though the Oakland Athletics have surged over the past week, the Astros still hold a 7.5 game lead over Oakland in the American League West. At 37-19, Houston is tied for the most wins in baseball.

While losing Correa hurts, the injury gives him plenty of time to get right before the playoffs begin. For a team as strong as the Astros, that’s all that really matters.

As long as Correa is ready to go when the team needs him the most, they’ll be just fine.

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Confrontations between players, MLB umpires in 2019
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies argues with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn #17 after Arenado was called out on strikes against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the six inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on April 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants is restrained by first base coach Jose Alguacil #17 and bench coach Hensley Meulens #31 after being ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt #57 in the seventh inning at Nationals Park on April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after being ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt #57 in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 13: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs is restrained by Javier Baez #9 after being called out by the third base umpire during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field on April 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 13: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs is restrained by Javier Baez #9 after being called out by the third base umpire during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field on April 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants argues with home plate umpire Ryan Additon #67 after being ejected in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Justin Bour, center, argues a called third strike with umpire Jeremie Rehak, as Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, left, throws the ball back, during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Bour was ejected. The Rangers won 5-4. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - APRIL 17: Justin Bour #41 of the Los Angeles Angels gets ejected from the game by home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal (10) argues with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak (35) during a MLB game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 13, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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