Astros’ Jose Altuve has broken right thumb, demands surgery

WEST PALM Beach, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros star Jose Altuve has a damaged suitable thumb and requires operation just after getting hurt in Venezuela’s 9-7 quarterfinal loss to the United States at the World Baseball Classic.

The Astros stated Sunday they will announce a prognosis for the next baseman just after the procedure.

The ight-time All-Star and the 2017 American League MVP fell following he was struck by a 95.9 mph sinker from Colorado reliever Daniel Bard in the fifth inning Saturday evening. Altuve grimaced as he walked off with an athletic coach.

Altuve’s damage happened a few days right after New York Mets All-Star closer Edwin Díaz sustained a year-ending knee harm during the postgame celebration of Puerto Rico’s 5-2 gain in excess of the Dominican Republic. Díaz tore the patellar tendon in his correct knee and had operation on Thursday.

“It appears it could be a even though,” Astros manager Dusty Baker informed reporters Sunday at spring training in West Palm Seaside, Florida, exactly where Altuve returned for a healthcare assessment.

Utilityman Mauricio Dubon, who batted .208 online games last period, is expected to go into the Astros’ lineup to substitute Altuve.


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