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Astros' Carlos Correa leaves game after stepping awkwardly on first base; Altuve to shortstop

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Things only get worse in Arlington.

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The Houston Astros shortstop and reigning 2015 American League Rookie of Year award winner Carlos Correa left Thursday's game against the Texas Rangers early. It appeared Correa had turned an ankle running out a ground ball.

In the fifth inning, Correa chopped a fastball from the Rangers' Martin Perez towards third baseman Jurickson Profar. Profar's throw to the first baseman to Mitch Moreland was high but in time to get Correa. Correa appeared to try to duck out of the way of the throw and at the same time lung for the base. The moment in which Correa turned his ankle appears to come when his left foot landed on the backside of the base, slipping off and falling away from the bag.

Correa leaves the game with an injury

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Correa was in clear pain after the play and waited for Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Astros head athletic trainer Jeremiah Randall to check on him. Correa left under his own power, walking gingerly on the foot.

Jose Altuve took over at shortstop, and Tony Kemp moved to second base. This is the first time in six seasons that Altuve has played shortstop.

Correa is batting .254 (59x232) with 28 runs scored, nine doubles, eight home runs, 32 RBIs, eight stolen bases, .347 OBP, and .422 SLG in his second season with the Astros.

No official word yet on the extent of the injury.