Doctor declares Carlos Correa’s ankle ‘worst he’s ever seen’

Carlos Correa signed with the Minnesota Twins after troubling physicals with both the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. Correa’s ankle issues aren’t going away anytime soon.

Carlos Correa suffered an ankle injury when he slid into a base awkwardly during a minor-league game in 2014. At the time, it didn’t seem like a huge deal, as Correa underwent surgery to fix the issue.

Nine years later, and that same injury caused Correa problems, albeit when signing a potential record contract in free agency. The star shortstop forfeited quite a bit to sign with the Minnesota Twins, his third choice, after the Giants and Mets both failed to pass his physical.

In a recent article by Jon Heyman, one doctor had an eyebrow-raising declaration about Correa’s ankle. Despite the fact that he’s signed with the Twins, the doctor said Correa’s ankle was “one of the worst he’s ever seen.”

Carlos Correa’s ankle could cause problems down the road

The issue with signing Correa despite his ankle is that the contract lengths he discussed with the Mets and Giants were nearly a decade long. If the medical staff of either team — or in this case both — felt similarly to the doctor quoted in Heyman’s article, then perhaps they were better off avoiding a marriage altogether.

Correa signed a long-term deal with the Twins as well, but it has several options and incentives should the ankle turn into a non-issue towards the tail end of said contract. Hopefully, this was all a concern about nothing.

On Friday, it was revealed that New York underwent a similar process with Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga, who they signed to a $75 million deal. Senga’s physical did not come back clean, but the wear and tear for pitchers in expected, especially in his arm and elbow. For Correa, it was far more unexpected and at a greater financial commitment.

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