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Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve out for a Couple Months after Thumb Surgery
On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 the Houston Astros super star 2nd - baseman, Jose Altuve, required a surgical procedure in order to fix his fractured right thumb, and he will not be able to resume any baseball activity for a minimum of at least 2 - months according to the Houston Astros general manager, Dana Brown.
On Saturday, March 18th, 2023 when Altuve was playing for team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Jose suffered his broken thumb injury as he was drilled by a 96 - mph fastball by Team USA pitcher, Daniel Bard, who plays his MLB ball for the Colorado Rockies.
The Houston Astros released a statement recently that explained that Altuve had the surgery on his right thumb in Houston, Texas, and he will unfortunately have to remain there as his big - league club finishes their last week of spring training from West Palm Beach, Florida. Altuve will most likely be ready to return to the Houston Astros starting line - up until at least the end of May, 2023.
The 2022 MLB Season for Jose Altuve
The now 32 - year - old Jose, was once again coming off another outstanding MLB season for the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. Last year Altuve carried a great batting average of .300 to go along with his OPS of .921 throughout the 2022 Major League Baseball season.
Replacing Jose Altuve at Second Base
The Houston Astros will have to begin the 2023 MLB season with their utility - man, Mauricio Dubon, playing 2nd - base for their big - league ball club. Dubon hit for an average of .208 during his MLB games last year which is a huge drop off from Altuve’s batting average of .300. Hopefully Mauricio can swing a strong bat for the Houston Astros to start this upcoming 2023 MLB season while he is in the starting line - up replacing the star 2nd - baseman in Altuve.
Other News for the Houston Astros
In other team news, the Houston Astros were forced to scratch their right - handed pitcher in Hunter Brown from his scheduled starting pitching assignment last Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 versus the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
The Houston Astros Manager, Dusty Baker, told reporters from the major sports media outlets that Brown (who is ranked by MLB as the Houston Astros’ top prospect), was presently competing for the last starting pitching spot in the Houston Astros’ starting rotation for the 2023 MLB season, is struggling at the moment due to some serious discomfort in his lower back.
Jose Altuve’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- 8 - Time MLB All - Star Selection (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022)
- 2 - Time World Series Champion (2017, 2022)
- American League MVP Award Winner (2017)
- All - MLB First - Team Selection (2022)
- All - MLB Second - Team Selection (2019)
- ALCS MVP Award Winner (2019)
- Babe Ruth Award Winner (2017)
- Gold Glove Award Winner (2015)
- 6 - Time Silver Slugger Award Winner (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022)
- American League Hank Aaron Award Winner (2017)
- 3 - Time American League Batting Champion (2014, 2016, 2017)
- 2 - Time American League Stolen Base Leader (2014, 2015)
- Associated Press Athlete of the Year Award Winner (2017)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award Winner (2017)
“Astros' Jose Altuve out of action for at least two months”, espn.com, March 22, 2023.
“Jose Altuve”, baseball-reference.com, March 24, 2023.