This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Astros will be without Correa for at least four weeks after he suffered a broken rib during a recent massage. While the cause of injury is unusual to say the least, the recovery is pretty straightforward. Rest and time remain the best of course of action. Rib fractures are often very painful and can elicit pain with simple, everyday motions like breathing or laughing. Medication and certain modalities can be utilized to treat the associated symptoms, but these don't accelerate bone repair. On the plus side, bone tissue does mend nicely, and Correa should be good to go as long as the bone heals in an appropriate manner. Play it safe and anticipate his recovery lasting closer to six weeks.
The Rangers slugger was placed on the injured list for the first time in his career less than 24 hours after suffering an oblique injury against the Royals. Oblique injuries have gained notoriety over the past few seasons, as players such as Aaron Judge, Yasiel Puig, Josh Bell, and Christian Yelich have suffered the ailment. However, it doesn't appear the rate of occurrence is drastically up, in fact games missed due to oblique injuries have declined over the past few seasons. Instead, an improvement in diagnosis may be the reason for the perceived emergence of the injury.
As for the injury itself, it has been detailed once this season following Judge's injury. However, let's do a quick refresher.
The oblique muscles are