Astros prospect Carlos Correa out for year after fibula surgery

Rob Foldy

Houston's top prospect likely won't see the field until 2015, although there's a chance he could play in fall or winter ball after the conclusion of this season.

Astros minor leaguer Carlos Correa underwent surgery to repair a fractured fibula he suffered in a game on Saturday, according to a team announcement. He is expected miss the remainder of the season.

Correa was hurt while sliding into third base on a triple in High-A Lancaster's California League contest against Lake Elsinore. The hit raised his season batting line to .325/.416/.510, an already impressive figure that becomes downright excellent when considering Correa is almost four years younger than the average player in his league. He participated in the High-A All-Star Game last week, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

The team expects its top prospect -- and the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball, per ESPN.com's Keith Law -- to make a full recovery in time for the 2015 campaign.

"The surgery went very well," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday. "We expect him to go through a rehab process and return to exactly the point he was at when he got injured."

There is also hope that Correa will be able to return to action in time for Arizona Fall League play in October, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, although Luhnow would not make any bold predictions in terms of exactly when the young shortstop might be ready to go.

"We'll have to see how the rehab goes," Luhnow told McTaggart. "It's obviously unfortunate. He's one of our top young players in the game, losing this amount of time, but we are optimistic he's going to return to 100 percent and will back on the field with us ready to keep doing what he's doing."

Correa was slated to represent the World squad in the upcoming All-Star Futures Game on July 13. He'll be replaced on the roster by Angels prospect Jose Rondon, according to the MLB Pipeline Twitter account.

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