Astros second baseman José Altuve was removed from Friday’s game against the Rangers after suffering some pain in his left hamstring. As the extent of his injury has yet to be determined, he’s presumed to be day-to-day for the time being.
In the bottom of the first inning, Altuve stepped up to bat and bounced a 2-2 Lance Lynn fastball out to third base, then hustled to beat the throw for an infield single. From the replay, it wasn’t clear which of his movements triggered the injury, but he was soon lifted for pinch-runner Aledmys Díaz and exited the field to undergo further evaluation.
Altuve entered Friday’s game batting a modest .238/.325/.469 with nine home runs, 21 RBI, and a .794 OPS through 163 PA in 2019. This is the first injury he’s sustained so far this season, and one the Astros will keep a close eye on before clearing the six-time All-Star infielder to return to the lineup.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.