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Astros put second baseman Jose Altuve (hamstring) on IL

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Apr 18, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) is assisted off the field after an apparent injury during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve landed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with an injured left hamstring.

In two corresponding moves, the Astros selected the contract of J.J. Matijevic and moved fellow infielder Taylor Jones to the 60-day IL to make space on the 40-man roster.

Altuve suffered the injury in the eighth inning of Monday night’s 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. He legged out a ground ball to third and then collapsed past first base. He was replaced by pinch runner Aledmys Diaz.

He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and did not play in Tuesday night’s game. Astros general manager James Click said the team expects Altuve will return after the minimal amount of days on the IL.

Altuve, 31, is off to a slow start, batting just .167 with a home run and three RBIs in 36 at bats over nine games.

The 2017 American League MVP is a career .307 hitter and has won three batting titles (2014, 2016 and 2017).

The first appearance for Matijevic would mark his major league debut. The 26-year-old was a second-round pick in the 2017 draft. He’s batting .310/.420/.714 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 11 games at Triple A Sugar Land. Primarily a first baseman, Matijevic also plays left field.

–Field Level Media