Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Astros Shortstop Carlos Correa made it to training camp on Friday. He won’t be immediately active and cleared for all baseball activities because he had his wisdom teeth removed.
“I couldn’t even chew, so I was like, ‘Damn, I need to go see a doctor’. So I decided to go see a doctor and he said I needed to get them removed.” Correa said. “A little sore, but I feel good. I can barely open my mouth… Nothing too crazy.”
Carlos had a moment of clarity though despite being upset in not being able to jump into spring training.
“Better now than during the season. I’d rather miss five, six days in spring training than miss them during the regular season,” Correa said.
He played in 153 games last season and batted .274 with 20 home runs and 96 RBI. A handful of other Astros are also battling to come back from injuries, but things are looking good. Especially in the starting rotation.
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel was battling a shoulder injury all of last season, but feels fresh and better than ever after his first bullpen session. Hindsight, pitching through the pain was not his best decision.
“I was telling myself I could push through this, and get through it. That wasn’t the case. I actually hurt the team more than helped them out. I learned that it’s okay to tell people if you’re not feeling right… That’s one of the big keys I learned at the age of 28, so hopefully 29 will be a little more knowledgeable,” Dallas said.
Right-hander Lance McCullers is also returning from an elbow injury. He threw just 81 innings last season, but has a career 3.22 ERA in 36 career starts. Lance has also been a full go so far this spring training.