August 14, 2022


Astros’ Yordan Alvarez, Jeremy Peña both out of lineup vs. Yankees

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In the two young stars’ place, the Astros will have Aledmys Diaz hitting second and...

In the two young stars’ place, the Astros will have Aledmys Diaz hitting second and playing left field, J.J. Matiejevic hitting sixth at designated hitter and Maurico Dubon hitting seventh and playing shortstop.

Before Thursday’s game, Astros manager Dusty Baker said Alvarez and Peña still were being tested for concussions and waiting to get clearance from doctors. Baker said even if they get cleared before Thursday’s first pitch, he won’t be changing his starting lineup.

Alvarez, who leads the American League All-Star voting at designated hitter, is the team-leader in most offensive categories, including average (.316), OPS (1.070) home runs (23) and RBI (56). Peña, who is in the middle of a race for Rookie of the Year, is hitting .275 with nine home runs and 27 RBI.

In a scoreless game, the Mets’ Dominic Smith led off the bottom of the eighth with a pop up into shallow left field. Peña, who was shifted over to the right field side of second base sprinted into left field while Alvarez charged in. When Peña reached out to catch the ball, his forearm caught Alvarez flush in the face, sending Alvarez down and Peña flying backwards.

The 6-foot, 202-pound Peña was able to stand up after about a minute, but the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Alvarez stayed on the ground for more than four minutes before teammate Yuli Gurriel and Astros trainer Jeremiah Randall helped him up. All of Alvarez’s teammates who were in the game – even starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who was wrapping up eight shutout innings – came out to left field to check on Alvarez before he was taken off on a cart as he sat upright in the back of the vehicle.

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