The Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the 10-day injured list and optioned right-hander Humberto Castellanos, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic tweets. Altuve’s batting second in the Astros’ lineup against the Rangers on Tuesday.
Altuve went on the IL on Sept. 5 with a sprained right knee, continuing a trend of recent problems in the joint for the former MVP. He also underwent surgery on that knee after the 2018 season. Of course, the problems don’t seem nearly as serious this time, as Altuve is back after spending the minimum amount of time on the shelf.
The hope for Houston, which is a disappointing 23-24 and clinging to a playoff spot, is that Altuve will serve as a key late-season reinforcement. Altuve, for his part, is surely trying to end the season with a flourish after struggling before his absence. The 30-year-old’s a five-time .300 hitter and a three-time 2o-home run man, but he has slashed just .224/.284/.322 with three homers through 155 plate appearances this season. The Astros turned to Aledmys Diaz and Jack Mayfield at the keystone when Altuve was out, but they’ve also logged underwhelming production this year.
Hopefully they can whoop our butts tonight!
Hoping your team tanks in Baseball, of all sports, is pathetic. “Five years from now my team might have a player worth 3 extra wins!”
Dude, we are the worst team in the A.L West, and we are playing all our rookies right now. Tanking isn’t a bad thing for us. I am seeing a lot of the young players develop, which I enjoy, but it is resulting in losses. We are not making the postseason with just two weeks to go. I think that going into a full 162 game season hoping for your team to tank is bad, but when it is 60 games, and you are 13 games below .500 with two weeks to go, then it’s reasonable. Plus, I really want Kumar Rocker.
Trash can bang
Did they activate his buzzer?
Get the trash cans ready cause Shoeless Jose Altuve is back!
Trash can karma is back. 0-30 to end the season would be nice.
Immediately turns to Chris Davis.
That’s mean to Chris. Pretty sure he hasn’t cheated.
bang bang buzz buzz
That’s what his tattoo says
Well that’s a shame
Who cares? He can’t hit when he doesn’t know what pitch is coming.
Jose Altuve is a great hitter. He is a cheater and a morally worthless person, but he is a great hitter.
Is a great hitter because he cheats and is morally a worthless person? If so, is he related to the POTUS?
I hate the Astros and Altuve with a passion as well. That doesn’t change the fact that Altuve was consistently leading MLB in BA and hits on a yearly basis before the Astros started cheating.
Leave politics out of it. I could say something about TDS but I won’t.
“morally worthless person” is more than a bit hyperbolic.
Guessing’s harder than knowing.