Astros place Altuve (hamstring) on IL

Field Level Media

May 12, 2019 at 4:13 am.

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring injury after Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers.

Altuve suffered the injury during Friday’s game against Texas.

“We are all trying to be careful with this. It can take one day, it can take 10 days, we don’t know,” Altuve told reporters after Saturday’s 11-4 victory over the Rangers. “So I guess we have made the right decision.”

The Astros will recall right-handed starter Corbin Martin to make his major league debut against Texas on Sunday. Martin was 1-1 with a 1.48 ERA in five appearances (four starts) for Triple-A Round Rock.

Altuve, a three-time American League batting champion, is batting just .243 in 39 games this season. The 2017 AL MVP does have nine homers and 21 RBIs.

The 29-year-old was initially hopeful that he wouldn’t have to go on the IL but came to the conclusion it was the right thing to do after being re-examined on Saturday night.

“It’s pretty frustrating but at the same time, you see how good the team is playing and that makes you want to take your time and come back 100 percent and help the team win,” Altuve said. “This is not about me, this is not about one single player. This is about the team.”