HOUSTON – Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was removed from Monday night's game after just one inning due to what the team called back discomfort.
Following the game, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Correa told him he never "got loose" and was sore.
In his first inning at-bat, Correa struck out swinging. He could be seen wincing after the weak swing attempt, the only pitch he swung at during the at-bat.
He was replaced in the field to start the second inning.
“He’s going to see all the specialists he needs to make sure nothing is wrong," Hinch said during an interview with MLB Radio. "We are crossing our fingers and hoping it’s not similar to last season when he missed some time. I don’t want to think about worst-case scenario. Best case is he will miss a couple of days. We hope it’s not serious and he reported it right on time.”
Correa missed significant time last season due to back pain and struggled during the completion of the regular season and into the playoffs after he returned.
He missed 50 games earlier this season following a rib fracture suffered during a home massage.