|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||5/6/1990|
|Height, Weight||5'6", 165 lbs|
|Nationality||Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of|
Altuve is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The Astros haven't suggested that Altuve sustained an injury in Friday's 4-3 win, so his absence from the lineup is likely just a pre-planned maintenance day. With Altuve getting his first day off since returning from the 10-day injured list June 19, Tony Kemp will step in at second base.
Altuve went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 11-2 win over the Angels.
Altuve recorded his fourth multi-hit game in the last five contests, going 11-for-24 with seven RBI and seven runs scored during that run. He's clearly been impacted by a hamstring injury that caused him to miss five weeks, but the recent production is a positive sign his swing is back to normal. His baserunning impact, however, may not be the same as in recent years. The stolen base was just his third of the season, well off the pace he's set since becoming a regular in 2012.
Altuve went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and three runs in a 12-4 victory against the Rangers on Sunday.
The 29-year-old started the four-game set against the Rangers 1-for-9, but in the last two games, he was 7-for-11 (.636) with five RBI and six runs. Altuve has really been hitting well over the last 10 games, posting five multi-hit contests during that stretch. He is batting .274 with 12 home runs, 31 RBI, 37 runs and two steals in 234 at-bats this season.
Altuve went 4-for-6 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs in Saturday's 7-6 extra-innings win over the Rangers.
Altuve doubled in George Springer in the 11th inning, then scored on a Myles Straw single, giving the Astros the cushion needed to win. With the four hits, Altuve added 10 points to his average and is now batting .266.
Altuve went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Rangers.
Altuve's homer was just one of nine combined long balls the two teams hit Friday. It was the first home run in 13 games and just the second in the last 34 for the second baseman. The 29-year-old Altuve is not known for his power, although he swatted 24 in both 2016 and 2017, but elite hitting is expected. On that front, Altuve has not delivered in 2019. He's batting just .256 with a .773 OPS over 247 plate appearances.