Altuve nearing return
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went through some intense running and agility drills at Safeco Field to test his ailing right hamstring prior to Saturday’s game against the Mariners and spoke like someone who’s ready to play.
Altuve wasn’t in the lineup Saturday for the third consecutive game and said he’s getting anxious to play. He returned to action Tuesday after missing three games with right hamstring discomfort and left Wednesday’s game in Colorado because manager A.J. Hinch didn’t think he looked comfortable.
“I feel great,” Altuve said. “I went outside, I ran really hard. I just feel good.”
When asked what kind of feedback he got from Altuve and the training staff, he said they were “really happy.”
“They [talk] like I’m ready but like I say yesterday, it’s their call, so whenever they decide,” he said. “I don’t want to do anything stupid. But I feel like I’m great but like I said I’m going to be patient.”
Altuve said he’s done everything he needs to do to test out the hamstring, which included hitting and fielding grounders yesterday and running today.
“I’m really anxious but like I said we still have a lot of games left,” he said. “To try to hurry for one game you can miss more games. I’m ready for whenever they decide to put me back there.”
Altuve is hitting .287 with five homers, 28 RBIS and 17 stolen bases, which leads the American League.