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Twins' Correa put on injured list prior to Astros series

The move, retroactive to last Friday, was made before the Twins began a three-game series against the Houston Astros.
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Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa follows through on a swing against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins placed shortstop Carlos Correa on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a bruised right middle finger that wasn't healing fast enough for him to face his former team.

The move, retroactive to last Friday, was made before the Twins began a three-game series against the Houston Astros, for whom Correa played over the past seven seasons. Correa will be eligible for reinstatement to the active roster next Monday, meaning he must sit out at least six more games.

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Correa was hurt at Baltimore when a pitch hit his right hand while it was on the handle of the bat with him in the middle of a half-swing. The ball went into fair territory, and he was easily retired on a groundout. The Twins initially feared he broke his finger, but a CT scan confirmed there was no fracture for the 27-year-old infielder.

After signing a three-year, $105.3 million contract that includes opt-out clauses after this season and next, Correa is batting .255 with five doubles, two homers, 12 runs, 11 RBIs and eight walks in 24 games for the Twins. He was on a tear right before the injury, going 14 for 34 with eight RBIs over his last eight games.

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Starting pitcher Chris Paddack was also placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, retroactive to Monday, with right elbow inflammation. He was pulled on Sunday in the third inning. In five starts since being acquired in a trade with San Diego, Paddack is 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA, two walks and 20 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.

The Twins promoted outfielder Mark Contreras and right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton from Triple-A St. Paul to fill the roster spots.