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Astros' Correa OK after being hit by pitch
Top prospect plunked on left wrist, will undergo X-rays on Thursday
03/19/2014 9:59 PM ET
Carlos Correa walks back to the Astros dugout on his own after spending several moments on the ground.

Update -- March 20, 5:00 p.m.: Correa's X-rays came back negative on Thursday, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Correa said he was sore but felt "pretty good."

"I can't wait to be in Houston," Correa told MLB.com.


Talk about an early scare. Carlos Correa's 2014 season appeared in jeopardy before it even began.

The Astros' top prospect fell to the ground in obvious pain Wednesday night after he was hit by a pitch on the left wrist during a 2-0 Grapefruit League win over the Nationals.

Correa entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and worked the count to 2-2 against Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard. A loud crack could be heard as he was hit, and he spent several moments on the ground. Tended to by a member of the Astros training staff, he walked to the dugout.

Ranked by MLB.com as baseball's No. 8 overall prospect, Correa passed a strength test after the game and opened and closed his hand for members of the media, MLB.com reported. He is scheduled to have X-rays taken on Thursday.

"It feels great, you know," the 19-year-old shortstop said. "I got kind of scared when I got hit and my hand got numb. I didn't know how it would feel after, then when I got in [the clubhouse], I could move my hand and it got a lot better. I'm feeling good about it.

"I'm fine, hopefully. ... I can swing the bat right now if I want to."

Correa is hitting .214 with a pair of homers and three RBIs in 15 Grapefruit League games and hopes to start the season at Double-A Corpus Christi.

Last year, his first full season in the Minor Leagues, he batted .320 with nine homers, 86 RBIs, 73 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 117 games for Class A Quad Cities. The top overall pick in the 2012 Draft hit .333 with a homer and five RBIs in eight playoff games while helping the River Bandits win the Midwest League championship.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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