Astros manager A.J. Hinch called the 20-year-old shortstop into his office for a little talk after the rookie tackled Jose Altuve in postgame celebration after Altuve's game-winning RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers. Hinch, whose Astros lead the Los Angeles Angels by 2½ games in the AL West after Monday's 9-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, did not appreciate seeing the 6-foot-4 Correa take down the much smaller All-Star second baseman.
"You're about to give me a heart attack to see those two rolling around on the field," Hinch said. "It was pretty good form, but we have to find a different way."
Correa's textbook tackle earned him an invite to Houston Texans training camp, if only to make a guest appearance Tuesday.
"It was pretty good form, but you have to find a different way to celebrate," Hinch said he told Correa. "I love the win and walk-offs, but the rolling around has to be replaced. What happened to the high five?"
Correa insisted he knew what he was doing when he chased down Altuve. He pointed to the teammates' close relationship and said they are "like brothers." Still, he agreed, at Hinch's behest, to not do it again.
"I said I knew what I was doing, and I tackled him before, so it was not a first," Correa said. "It was a fun time. He was like, 'If he got hurt, I will hurt you too.' Just joking, you know?"
Correa, heralded in many preseason rankings as the top prospect in baseball, said walk-off celebrations would continue, though in less precarious form.
"Definitely, we'll take it easier next time, but if I'm the one hitting the walk-off, I know Altuve is going to have a payback," Correa said. "He already told me, 'I'm going to be like a soccer player sliding into your shins.' I'm like, 'Come on, bro. If you tackle me, you're going to tackle my shins.'"
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.