The schedule squeezed a two-game home series with the Cardinals between a pair of seven-game road trips. That meant Jose Altuve, as good as he's been all season, entered Tuesday with only two chances to notch career hit No. 1,000 in front of the Minute Maid Park crowd.
Colby Rasmus wasn't in the Astros clubhouse for a long time Tuesday, but it was long enough to share a few smiles with his teammates - some who wanted to see his right ear post surgery - and start the recovery process.
When Lance McCullers went on the disabled list two weeks ago with a mild sprain in his right elbow, the plan was to have the right hander not throw for a couple of weeks and only start a throwing program if the right hander felt better.
It was the first pitch of the at-bat, a 93-mph fastball on the inside half of the plate, up around the shoulders.
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