Jose Altuve 2B HOU 3 weeks ago

Altuve set a new career-high with his eighth home run of the season during Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rays.

The AL All-Star starter at second base, who hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Rays lefty Matt Moore, continues to crush southpaws with a .327/.395/.426 slash line against them this season. The fact that Altuve set a new career-high for home runs during the first half of the season adds to his already impressive resume in his young career thus far.

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 4 weeks ago

Altuve was named to his third All-Star team on Sunday.

The diminutive second baseman was selected to the AL All-Star team as a starter after hitting .301/.344/.418 with 15 doubles, seven home runs, 35 RBI and 24 steals through 76 games thus far in 2015. "He works hard at his craft, he's really good and takes a lot of pride," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Altuve. "He's endured a lot of time here in Houston to battle and get to this point. For us, having a strong season, he's having [a big] season and he gets awarded the start at second base -- I can't think of a more well-deserving Astro, for sure, to get that opportunity to start an All-Star Game."

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 1 month ago

Altuve hit his seventh home run in Monday's win over the Royals, a solo shot off Joe Blanton.

After going 32 games between home runs, Altuve now has a pair in his last three games. Altuve's slugging percentage peaked at .524 in early May, when he looked like a no doubt All-Star and arguably the best player at second base. That power had all but disappeared until recently, as Altuve slugged just .276 over 32 games from May 16 to June 26. Altuve has dealt with a hamstring injury for much of the month, and perhaps this power burst is a sign he's finally free of its effects.

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 1 month ago

Altuve (hamstring) is back in the lineup Monday against the Angels. He's slated to bat third in the order.

As expected, manager A.J. Hinch won't shake up the red-hot duo of George Springer and Carlos Correa at the top of the order, but Altuve will occupy premium real estate in the Houston lineup. The second baseman has missed the past four games with the hamstring injury, so it's possible that he could be limited in the run game upon his return, at least initially.

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 1 month ago

Altuve will ask to bat eighth if he's available to play Monday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Altuve has been battling a hamstring injury of late, but if he's not able to run at full speed, he admittedly doesn't want to mess with the 1-2 punch of George Springer and Carlos Correa atop the Astros' order. It's unlikely manager A.J. Hinch will deploy Altuve if he's hampered in any way, but it's a situation worth monitoring moving forward. His utility in daily formats would be limited if batting near the bottom of the order and attempting to return from injury at the same time.

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 1 month ago

Altuve (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.

Altuve will miss his fourth straight game, once again giving way to Marwin Gonzalez at second base. The Astros don't have a team day off until July, so Altuve won't be getting any help from the schedule in the short term either. Consider him day-to-day heading into Monday's series opener against the Orioles.

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 1 month ago

Altuve (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

Renewed hamstring discomfort knocked Altuve out of Wednesday's game and he's now set to miss a third straight start. The 25-year-old said Thursday that he was feeling slightly better than 80 percent, but the issue has been lingering and the Astros could hold him out again Sunday if they have any reservations about the health of his hamstring.

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 1 month ago

Altuve (hamstring) is not in Friday's lineup.

On Thursday the Astros' second baseman said he was feeling slightly better than 80 percent, so it's not surprising he was held out for a second day in a row. He should continue to improve and could be back in the lineup sometime this weekend. Marwin Gonzalez will get the start at second base Friday.

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 1 month ago

Altuve (hamstring), who is not in the lineup Thursday, said he's feeling slightly better than 80 percent, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Altuve continues to battle tightness in his right hamstring, and he'll be held out again Thursday as a precaution. Continue to consider Altuve day-to-day in advance of Friday's contest.

Jose Altuve 2B HOU 1 month ago

Altuve (hamstring) will not play Thursday, Evan Drellich of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch did not like the body language from Altuve after the injury and decided it was best for him to take the day off. Altuve could return to the lineup Friday.