"Obviously, we were able to afford him that opportunity," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
On Sunday, Correia's leadership paid off, as he was added to the National League All-Star roster as a replacement for Cole Hamels. When Hamels started for the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, he became ineligible to pitch in Tuesday's game, creating the need for a replacement.
"It's been a good season so far," Correia said. "I got an Opening Day start and I get to go to an All-Star Game. It's so far one of the best seasons I've had."
Correia's 11 wins in the first half rank second in the National League. He has anchored a starting rotation that entered Sunday fifth in the NL with a 3.65 ERA.
"He established a momentum and a mindset for our pitchers to follow," Hurdle said. "I think everybody played along."
He joins closer Joel Hanrahan and center fielder Andrew McCutchen on the National League squad. The Pirates have not had three All-Stars in one season since 1990, when Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds and Neal Heaton represented the Bucs on the team.
"I think people kind of took notice of what we're doing over here," Correia said. "We had guys that were well-deserving of it. I think there's some other future All-Stars on this team also. Hopefully we can keep playing well and keep opening people's eyes."
Laura Myers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.