Houston Astros get Jose Altuve back after COVID-19 absence

Apr 24, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) works out prior to the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was activated from the injured list on Monday after his COVID-19-related absence that sidelined him for 10 games.

Houston manager Dusty Baker said Altuve would be in the lineup for Monday night’s game against the visiting Seattle Mariners.

In addition, the Astros placed right-hander Jake Odorizzi (forearm) on the 10-day injured list.

Altuve revealed on Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19. He was placed on the injured list on April 14.

The 2017 American League MVP and six-time All-Star was cleared to resume workouts on Friday.

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Altuve, a three-time batting champion, is batting .318 with one homer, five RBIs and 11 runs scored in 11 games this season.

Odorizzi departed Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels after five pitches due to forearm tightness.

The 31-year-old underwent an MRI exam and no structural damage was found.

“Pretty positive, to be honest,” Odorizzi said of news that the injury was minor. “Hopefully, this takes 10 days and I will be ready to go. I’m feeling better every day. It’s a pretty positive thing. I think it’s pretty optimistic to think it’s very short term as opposed to what some of the stuff when you hear forearm, elbow area.”

Odorizzi is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in three starts this season. He has allowed nine runs and 10 hits in eight innings.

Houston also recalled right-hander Peter Solomon from the alternate training site. The 24-year-old has appeared twice in relief this season and pitched a scoreless inning each time.

–Field Level Media