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The twins receive good news: Correa’s finger is not broken but bruised

By DAVE CAMPBELL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins avoided a scare with star shortstop Carlos Correa, whose right middle finger is not broken as initially feared from a hit by pitch in the previous game .

Friday’s CT scan confirmed he had not suffered a broken bone, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. He’s just bruised and sore.

“Thank you Lord,” Correa tweeted.

His status will be assessed on a daily basis and he will not have to be placed on the injured list.

“The reality is it’s just going to be about managing the inflammation and the pain,” Falvey said.

For now, top prospect Royce Lewis will replace Correa. Lewis was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to make his major league debut, filling the spot for infielder Luis Arraez, who was placed on the COVID-19 list.

Correa was dived twice in Minnesota defeat at Baltimore Thursday. The first of round five seemed to brush against his left forearm and touch him in the right shoulder. The second of the eighth inning hit her right hand as she was on the bat handle with him in the middle of a half swing. The ball entered fair territory and Correa was easily taken down a pitch.

After a slow start at the plate to his first season with the Twins, Correa was just starting with a .412 batting average (14 for 34) and eight RBIs in his last eight games.

After signing a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins that comes with an opt-out after this season and next, Correa provided instant leadership and a consistent presence at shortstop where he won the 2021 AL Gold Glove award.

The Twins, who took a 2 1/2 game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central before their game against Oakland on Friday, have been stretched this week.

Manager Rocco Baldelli, Arraez and starting pitcher Dylan Bundy all tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, ruling them out for now. They were experiencing mild symptoms. Bench coach Jayce Tingler took over as temporary manager with Baldelli absent. Falvey spoke to reporters via video conference because he too had COVID-19.

First baseman Miguel Sanó is out indefinitely, facing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He injured himself jumping up and down to celebrate a no-call win over Detroit on April 26, then aggravated the injury trying to play through the discomfort Saturday in Tampa Bay.

Another key cog in the roster, left fielder Alex Kirilloff, has been out for a month with an inflamed right wrist.

Lewis, 22, from Southern California, has been a bit distracted on his way to the majors since the Twins made him the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft.

After a year without minor league competition in 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lewis then tore the ACL in his right knee during an agility drill during off-season training before returning. showing up for spring training last year. He has spent the entire 2021 season recovering from reconstructive surgery.

Lewis is the Twins’ best prospect, ranked 44th overall by MLB.

“We’re squeezed into a situation now where he has to step in and leave,” Falvey said. “He’s going to have good days, and he’s going to have bad days.”

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