Astros encouraged by Altuve's recovery from hamstring issue
The Houston Astros aren't exactly sure when Jose Altuve will return to the lineup, but they're pleased with what they're seeing from his progress at the moment.
Their star second baseman left Friday night's game with the Seattle Mariners due to a strained right hamstring and sat out Saturday and Sunday's contests as a precaution.
As for his progress, manager A.J. Hinch indicated to Chandler Rome of MLB.com that the coaching and training staff have heard good things: "I'm not sure if [the training staff] is going to tax him at all. But the initial viewing this morning, it's still early, but they're happy with his progress."
Hamstring issues can be tricky, and Altuve came across as being supportive of the club's plans to take it easy and not rush him back, saying, "We're going to give this the time it needs. I'd rather lose today or tomorrow's game than lose 20 games."