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The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics start a five-game sequence Monday evening in Oakland and Jose Altuve won’t be there. The Astros positioned Altuve on the injured checklist with a knee sprain, the workforce introduced Saturday. He’s eligible to return Sept. 14.

“He felt slightly higher, however can we afford to play quick for probably one other week,” supervisor Dusty Baker informed reporters, including Mark Berman of KRIV Fox 26, on Saturday. “We’re hoping that he is prepared to return again earlier than subsequent Sunday — a pair days earlier than that — so he can get some swings in and a few working in.”

The harm is to the identical knee Altuve had surgically repaired following the 2018 season. He suffered the harm throughout a clumsy slide into third base Thursday. Altuve had an MRI on Friday, which revealed the sprain. Here is the slide:

Altuve, 30, is having a down season, hitting .224/.284/.322 with three house runs in 35 video games. He has been higher currently — Altuve owns a .333/.385/.396 batting line in his final 13 video games — although he was so unhealthy earlier this yr he went to Baker and requested to be dropped within the lineup. He hit seventh as soon as and sixth thrice final month.

The Astros are 21-16 going into Saturday’s doubleheader with the Angels, two video games behind the A’s within the AL West. Their upcoming sequence vs. Oakland includes a doubleheader Monday and is their remaining assembly of the common season. Will probably be Houston’s final greatest probability to take the division race into their very own palms.

Moreover, the Astros will play a extremely anticipated two-game sequence with the Dodgers in Los Angeles subsequent Saturday and Sunday. The golf equipment performed two video games in Houston in July and there have been some fireworks following the sign-stealing scandal.

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