Astros hire Alan Zinter as assistant hitting coach


Alan Zinter is joining the Astros as assistant hitting coach after serving as the Indians’ minor league hitting coordinator for the past three seasons.

Zinter was a first-round draft pick way back in 1989 and played 19 seasons in the minors while also getting a couple brief stints in the majors for the Astros and Diamondbacks.

He’ll work with Dave Hudgens, who was hired as the Astros’ hitting coach after being fired from the same job by the Mets in the middle of the season.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.