June 27, 2022



Hopefully ‘it’s not anything crazy’

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Houston’s second baseman appeared to injure his hamstring as he was trying to leg out an infield single

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Jose Altuve looked miffed as he sat in the Minute Maid Park grass without his helmet after pulling up lame at first base when he suffered a left leg injury while trying to beat out an infield single in the eighth inning Monday. Shortly after the Astros’ 8-3 win over the Angels, Altuve didn’t have many answers, except that he already was feeling a little better than expected and he would be checked by doctors Tuesday.

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“I was a little bit (scared), but we’ll do some tests and hopefully everything is fine and it’s not anything crazy,” Altuve said in the Astros clubhouse after the win.

The Astros announced that Altuve had strained his left hamstring and was day-to-day.

Astros manager Dusty Baker offered some hope that his second baseman pulled up early enough on his sprint to first base that he didn’t injure the hamstring too badly. Altuve concurred with that assessment.

“I think I stopped a little bit and didn’t make it worse,” said Altuve, who is off to a 6-for-36 (.167) start to the season.

Altuve compared the injury to a left hamstring strain he suffered during the 2019 season that sent him to the injured list. That injury looked like it was going to cost him just two weeks before he suffered a setback while rehabbing at Class AAA and aggravating a previous injury in his other leg. He ended up missing nearly six weeks with that combination of injuries to his lower body.

“Hopefully this is not bad and I can play sometime soon,” Altuve said.

Although he was removed from the game and limped off the field, Altuve said, in the clubhouse, he was “actually feeling better than what I was expecting,” but didn’t want anyone to read too much into that.

“I still have some adrenaline, so it’s not good to say how I feel right now,” Altuve said. “We’ll wait until tomorrow and I can give you a better answer but hopefully it’s nothing bad.”

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