Bad luck continues for Astros, place Jose Altuve on injured list

Vincent Frank
Astros' Jose Altuve during spring training
Feb 13, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; Houston Astros infielder Jose Altuve finishes signing autographs before the morning spring training workout. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros continue to be bitten by the injury bug in a big way during the truncated 2020 MLB season.

We’ve already seen the likes of Justin Verlander, Roberto Osuna and George Springer miss time to injury. In fact, Verlander has missed the entire season while Osuna has pitched in a grand total of four games this season.

We now have some more bad news on this front.

Former AL MVP Jose Altuve on injured list with knee sprain

Altuve suffered the injury sliding into third base during Thursday’s game against the Texas Rangers. It was likely that he’d miss this weekend’s series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim before this report came out. Altuve will now be sidelined at least the next nine days. Though, the knee sprain will likely take more time to heal.

The American League MVP back in 2017, Altuve has stuggled big time this season. He’s hitting a mere .224 with three homers, 12 RBI and a .606 OPS.

Despite Altuve’s struggles and the Astros’ rash of injuries, they entered Saturday’s game against the Angels at 21-16 and just two games behind the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.