After being one the healthiest teams coming into the All-Star Break, the Houston Astros have been hit hard by the injury bug. First, it was pitching staff. Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers have dealt with arm fatigue. Now it’s the Astros all-world player and their top rookie.
Jose Altuve left Wednesday game against the Rangers in the fifth with an oblique injury. He appears to grimace after a swing, stepping out of the box to take stock of his body.
Marwin Gonzalez moved over to second base to take Altuve spot and Tony Kemp later filled in.
An inning later, the third baseman Alex Bregman pulled up in pain as he moved from second to third on a groundout from Tyler White. Bregman was in clear pain, grabbing the back of his leg — which was stated as hamstring discomfort.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch’s post-game comments don’t give the team much hope at the moment.
After #Astros beat Texas 8-4 @ajhinch on Altuve (rt oblique) & Bregman (rt hamstring): "I'm not optimistic for Friday about either of them"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 15, 2016
#Astros beat Texas8-4 @ajhinch on losing Altuve (rt oblique) & Bregman (rt hamstring):"That is a punch n the gut.We were able 2stand strong"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 15, 2016