Altuve sidelined indefinitely with thumb fracture

Houston star Jose Altuve fractured his proper thumb in Team Venezuela’s World Baseball Classic recreation Saturday and can want surgical procedure, Astros normal supervisor Dana Brown introduced Sunday.

There isn’t any timetable for his return, in accordance with Brown. The Astros will announce a prognosis after the surgical procedure, which is able to occur within the coming days.

Altuve exited the loss to Team USA within the fifth inning after being drilled by a 96 mph fastball by Colorado Rockies reduction pitcher Daniel Bard.

“It appears it could be a while,” Astros supervisor Dusty Baker informed reporters Sunday at spring coaching in West Palm Beach, Florida, the place Altuve returned for a medical examination.

It was the second vital harm suffered by an All-Star participant in WBC pool play in Miami, after New York Mets nearer Edwin Diaz suffered a torn patellar tendon whereas celebrating Puerto Rico’s win over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. He is anticipated to overlook all the 2023 season.

Altuve, 32, was coming off one other stellar season for the reigning champion Astros, having hit .300 with a .921 OPS in 2022.

Utilityman Mauricio Dubon, who batted .208 video games final season, is anticipated to maneuver into the Astros’ lineup to exchange Altuve.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.