After night of defensive gems, Correa exits hurt

After night of defensive gems, Correa exits hurt

HOUSTON -- Carlos Correa's glovework took center stage for much of Friday night's 10-6 loss to the Angels, but the one play he didn't make -- and the pain that followed -- ended his night early and on a bitter note.

After the Angels stormed back to take a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, Correa attempted to make a diving grab on a bloop double by Rafael Ortega with an exit velocity of 63.6 mph, according to Statcast™, but he barely missed it and instead landed on his shoulder.

"If that ball drops and he doesn't dive," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, "I probably feel a little better in my stomach than I do right now."

Ortega's double cleared the bases and put the Angels up by four, but to make matters worse, Correa came up from the dive in a lot of pain, having aggravated the shoulder injury that's been bothering him the last few weeks, enough so that he was subsequently removed from the game.

"He fought me to stay in," Hinch said. "He's a really tough kid, and he sold out for that out to keep the game within one run. I appreciate that kid so much -- what he's about and how he does it."

Although Correa didn't speak to reporters after the game, he did say through a team spokesman that he's fine and expects to play on Saturday night. Hinch, however, said he won't know the severity of Correa's injury until sometime during the day.

Correa's defensive clinic

The injury overshadowed what was possibly a career day for Correa defensively. He made a number of impressive stops, including a diving grab of a Kole Calhoun liner in the fifth inning that robbed Calhoun of at least a single.

"He always comes up with some really big plays and some acrobatic plays," Hinch said. "He's got a lot of range. He's got an arm to make up for any sort of angle that he's on in the field. It certainly was a good game for him defensively. To call it his best, you know, there's a lot of highlight reels out there on how he plays defense."

Jordan Ray is a reporter for based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.