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Houston Astros activate Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado

Jul 1, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez (44) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros on Monday activated slugger Yordan Alvarez from the paternity list and catcher Martin Maldonado from the bereavement list.

Alvarez was placed on paternity leave Friday. Maldonado has been on the bereavement list since Wednesday. Both players will be active for Tuesday’s series opener against Oakland.

Francis Martes has cleared outright waivers and has been subsequently outright assigned to Triple-A Sugar Land. Pitchers Ralph Garza, Jr. and Peter Solomon, and catcher Garrett Stubbs have been optioned to Triple A, all effective postgame Sunday.

Alvarez is hitting .300/.370/.531 with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs in 69 games.

Maldonado is hitting just .181 with five HRs and 21 RBIs in 60 games. He’s leading the major leagues with a caught stealing percentage of 45.8 percent.

The Astros are riding a four-game winning streak.

–Field Level Media