Correa feels OK after HBP, will have X-ray on hand
Struck on top of left hand, Astros' top prospect passes strength tests
VIERA, Fla. -- Top Astros prospect Carlos Correa, who was hit on top of the left hand by a pitch in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 2-0 win against the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium, said he will undergo an X-ray on Thursday.
Correa passed all the strength tests after he was removed from the game and said he didn't suspect the injury was serious. He put ice on the hand, which had a red mark on the top of it, but he was able to open it and close it while he spoke with reporters after the game.
"It feels great, you know," he 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."
Correa, 19, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Astros in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Puerto Rico. He's in Major League camp for the first time, but isn't expected to make the club despite handling himself quite well this spring.
Correa entered the game at shortstop in the bottom of the seventh and was struck by a Tyler Clippard pitch on the first pitch of his at-bat in the eighth. While they await the X-ray results, the Astros can at least breathe a sigh of relief the initial reports are encouraging.
"I'm fine, hopefully," Correa said. "I feel good. I can swing the bat right now if I want to."