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Houston Astros star Yordan Alvarez placed on 10-day IL

Apr 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) hits a double during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros placed designated hitter Yordan Alvarez on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.

Alvarez had been removed from the starting lineup earlier in the day due to “health and safety reasons,” according to manager Dusty Baker.

No other information had been provided other than Alvarez being the only affected player.

Alvarez was previously placed on the COVID-19 injured list on April 14 and missed four games before making his return to the lineup on April 20.

The 23-year-old slugger has gotten off to a hot start, hitting .309 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 18 games.

The Astros host the Seattle Mariners Wednesday. Michael Brantley will slot into the DH spot in Alvarez’s place, while Chas McCormick will move to left field.

Houston also recalled infielder Taylor Jones from the alternate site. Jones, 27, was 2-for-6 with one RBI in two games with the Astros earlier this season.

–Field Level Media