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Correa out as precaution in finale vs. Braves

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ATLANTA -- Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa was held out of Wednesday's 10-4 win against the Braves, one day after slightly injuring his left thumb while sliding into home plate in the fourth inning of Tuesday's win. Correa wasn't available to the media pregame, but manager A.J. Hinch said he held the 22-year-old out as a precaution.

When Hinch made the decision to not start Correa against the Braves on Wednesday, it marked only the seventh time in 85 games Correa didn't start at shortstop.

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ATLANTA -- Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa was held out of Wednesday's 10-4 win against the Braves, one day after slightly injuring his left thumb while sliding into home plate in the fourth inning of Tuesday's win. Correa wasn't available to the media pregame, but manager A.J. Hinch said he held the 22-year-old out as a precaution.

When Hinch made the decision to not start Correa against the Braves on Wednesday, it marked only the seventh time in 85 games Correa didn't start at shortstop.

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"He's doing fine," Hinch said. "He arguably could play, but he's not. We're going to run through all the tests today. He may hit inside. He's available. He wanted to play, but I took it out of his hands just as a precautionary day off. I wanted to give him a day off between now and the All-Star break anyway. It's a convenient way to do it."

Hinch said Correa, whose X-rays on Tuesday were negative, says he feels fine and can grip the bat with few issues.

"Obviously, he's sore, just like any contusion on any part of your body," Hinch said. "He wasn't alarmed, he wasn't scared, he wasn't worried."

Correa entered Wednesday on a 13-game hitting streak, during which he was hitting .420 (21-for-50). He also has a career-long 21-game on-base streak, which is the longest by an Astros shortstop since Miguel Tejada reached base in 21 consecutive games in 2009.

Video: HOU@ATL: Correa exits with injury on slide

Correa, who was voted in as the starting shortstop for the American League at Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, was trying to score from second base on an unusual play. Brian McCann had grounded out to first base to plate the run from third, but when Braves pitcher Luke Jackson, who was covering at first base, barely caught the ball on the end of his glove and held it up to show the umpire, Correa tried to score, too, and was thrown out at home.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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