According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is back in Monday’s lineup against the Angels after missing four games with a right hamstring injury.
Altuve initially tweaked his hamstring on June 12. He missed three games before returning last Tuesday, but had a setback one day later and hasn’t played since. The Astros were optimistic after watching him go through drills on Sunday and apparently he’s shown enough progress to return. They’ll have to hope that no more setbacks are in his future.
After a monster 2014, Altuve is batting .287/.328/.390 with five home runs, 28 RBI, and 17 steals over 63 games this season.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.