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All-Star shortstop avoids worst-case scenario

Carlos Correa went from a sleepless night full of worry to discovering the best news ever. There were some pretty big hugs on Correa’s side (of the clubhouse). So again very optimistic.

Correa exited Thursday’s game in the seventh inning after grounding out weakly on a pitch that struck his right hand.

X-rays revealed Thursday that Correa who signed a three-year deal worth $105.3 million in March potentially suffered a broken finger though team officials stressed confirmation would come Friday via a CT scan.

It hit me square in the finger Correa said. It’s not a good feeling. And then when I got the X-rays it was some bad news.

It’s crazy to think about it. I was talking to my wife all night last night.

It was a tough situation to be in.

I want to be out there with my guys.

We were playing really good baseball so I wanted to keep that up with them.

Though he’s been with the Twins for only six weeks Correa’s impact is as clear as day.

With Correa striving for perfection the team has played outstanding defense.

Correa also has galvanized the clubhouse with his workman-like attitude and ability to bring the crowd together.

Even with top prospect Royce Lewis ready to step in losing Correa for a significant length of time would have hurt the Twins.

They hoped for the best but had to wait until after 3 p.m. to get Correa’s test results and exhale.

Though Correa’s request to play Friday was denied he was all smiles in the dugout before the game. Missing up to two months for a team off to a surprising start would have been difficult enough to deal with.

But Correa also would have missed two months of what likely is a walk year (his contract contains opt-outs after this season and next).

Though he’d like to return to action immediately the Twins could have Correa rest through Monday and return to face his old team Houston in a series that begins Tuesday.

Everybody gave me a hug;

Emotions were running high It’s special when you see your teammates react that way.

I’ve only been part of this ballclub for what five or six weeks and I feel like those are my brothers already.

I truly care for them and I know they care for me.

It’s special to have that feeling and be that close to your teammates.

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