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Astros' Correa to hit DL with ankle injury
Shortstop prospect to be evaluated by team this week in Houston
06/22/2014 2:51 PM ET
Carlos Correa has 16 doubles with Class A Advanced Lancaster this year. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

A night after top prospect Carlos Correa exited with an apparent right leg injury, the Astros confirmed Sunday that MLB.com's No. 7 overall prospect will head to the disabled list with a right ankle injury.

The shortstop injured himself sliding into third base Saturday night with Class A Advanced Lancaster. The team said he was evaluated at a California hospital and will travel to Houston to be evaluated by team doctors early this week.

"Carlos was examined last night at a local hospital in California," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "He will travel to Houston early this week to be evaluated further by the Astros medical staff before determining next steps. He will be placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss some time."

Luhnow appeared on the Astros' pregame show on KBME (790 AM Houston) on Sunday and spoke more about Correa's injury.

"Carlos is one of our, obviously, best players in the Minor Leagues, and he just plays the game so hard," he said. "He slid into third base. He did sustain an ankle injury. We had him evaluated last night, and the next step there is we're bringing him to Houston and he's going to be looked at by our specialist here. We have an excellent ankle and foot specialist that works with us. We'll know more in a couple of days.

"He is going to miss some time. I don't know how long. We have to be very careful with any sort of ankle injury. It's unfortunate. He's had a tremendous season. He's going to miss some time, but the good news is whatever time he misses, he's going to make up for it in the fall. He's probably going to be one of the guys we send to the Arizona Fall League."

Correa was the first pick in the 2012 Draft. He earned California League All-Star honors, hitting .325 with six homers through 62 games before sustaining the injury. The 19-year-old tallied 57 RBIs and posted a .926 OPS.

Jake Seiner is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Jake_Seiner. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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