ATLANTA — Houston Astros hitter Yordan Alvarez has been left out of the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Braves after being rushed to a hospital last night for shortness of breath.
Manager Dusty Baker said doctors could not find a cause for the breathing problems. Alvarez was at the stadium but under a concussion protocol with the team monitoring his every move.
Baker said Alvarez could return to the lineup for Sunday’s three-game series finale.
“He’s doing better,” Baker said. “We still have to keep an eye on him. He’s under something resembling a concussion log where you have to watch him. You don’t want it to possibly fall out. They couldn’t find anything, but it doesn’t mean nothing is wrong.”
Baker called it a scary situation, but added that he was somewhat relieved that one of the game’s most feared sluggers appeared unaffected by a serious medical issue.
“We’ll just wait today,” added the manager. “We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow. He’ll probably DH when he’s feeling alright.”
Alvarez hits .295 with 31 homers and 77 RBIs for the AL West-leading Astros, who are seeking their fourth World Series appearance in six years.
They’re in Atlanta for a reboot of last year’s series, which was won by the Braves.
Alvarez came out of Friday night’s 6-2 loss to Atlanta on his own with two outs at the bottom of the fifth inning. There was a pause in the action when Braves rookie Vaughn Grissom fouled a ball off his foot and was tended to by a coach.
Baker said Alvarez developed some breathing problems while running the bases and the condition was made worse by in-game fireworks.
Alvarez had hoped to make it through the inning but decided to back away when Grissom was shaken.
Alvarez was taken to an Atlanta hospital to undergo tests, but doctors could not determine a cause.
“It’s better to know if everything is okay,” Baker said. “These doctors are great, but sometimes it’s a guess.”
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34431361/houston-astros-star-yordan-alvarez-back-ballpark-breathing-scare-required-hospital-trip Houston Astros star Yordan Alvarez back at ballpark after breathing scare that required hospital trip