Astros to take cautious approach to Correa's recovery

Astros to take cautious approach to Correa's recovery

HOUSTON -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said he spent about 45 minutes visiting with injured prospect Carlos Correa and his parents, brother and sister in the hospital on Thursday. Correa underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a broken fibula sustained while sliding into a base Saturday at Class A Lancaster.

Correa was hitting .325 with six homers and 57 RBIs in 62 games for Lancaster, with an on-base percentage of .416 and an OPS of .926, putting him line to be promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi later this year. Now, he's going to miss the regular season, but Luhnow said he was in good spirits.

"The plan is for him to stay here in Houston and the doctor wants to see him in two weeks," Luhnow said.

Correa won't be able to put any weight on the leg for four weeks and will be in a boot afterwards. It's unclear when he'll be able to return to baseball activities, but the team is hopeful he can be available in October to play in the Arizona Fall League or winter ball in November.

Luhnow said he'll spend the summer rehabbing in Kissimmee, Fla., though he will get to make a few visits home to Puerto Rico in that span.

"We're going to take it slow," he said. "This is a young player with a tremendous amount of talent. We don't want to rush him to get back. I've been impressed with his attitude. He just continues to demonstrate maturity well beyond his years. How he's handling it, how his parents are handling it, the indication is that this player is going to be a good Major Leaguer for a long time."

Meanwhile, Luhnow said Double-A shortstop Nolan Fontana recently underwent surgery for a broken pinkie, but Luhnow said he hopes Fontana will return at some point this year. Drafted in the second round in 2012, Fontana was hitting .262 with a .418 on-base percentage at Corpus Christi.

"He was another player that was having a good year and has major upside," Luhnow said. "His rehab will be a little less extensive."

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