Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez placed on injured list as hand has ‘gotten worse’

Houston Astros batter Yordan Alvarez was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday because of an infection in his right hand.

“Yordan has been suffering from the injury for a couple of weeks and it’s getting worse,” Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters, according to the Houston Chronicle. “We decided that hey, the only way to get that good is to try and use those (streaks) before the All-Star break to coincide with the 10 he has on the IL got to.”

The injury, which Alvarez picked up on a pitch during a June 18 game, “bothered him with every swing,” Baker told reporters.

The fielder and designated hitter will miss the Astros’ next two series before the All-Star break and likely won’t be able to play in the All-Star game.

He leads the Astros in hits (82), batting average (.306), home runs (26), RBIs (60), on-base percentage (.405), slugging percentage (.653), and OPS (1.058).

Outfielder Jose Siri was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land in a related move.

The Astros currently hold the second-biggest divisional lead in the major leagues by a 12-game lead in the American League West over the Seattle Mariners, who enter Sunday’s games.

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Emma Bowman

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