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Astros place José Altuve on 10-day injured list

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Following their 11-4 rout of the Rangers on Saturday night, the Astros officially placed second baseman José Altuve on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. Altuve was removed from Friday’s game with some soreness in his left hamstring and was unable to take the field again on Saturday, though comments from manager A.J. Hinch suggested that he’s dealing with a very mild injury.

While a concrete timetable for the infielder’s return has not been announced, it’s hard to believe he’ll need more than the minimum 10 days to make a complete recovery. Even so, Hinch added that the team still doesn’t know the full extent of Altuve’s injury and will have him meet with doctors at least one more time in the days to come.

In the meantime, he’ll be temporarily replaced by Aledmys Díaz and Yuli Gurriel at the keystone. Díaz handled the position in Altuve’s absence during Friday and Saturday’s games, and went 1-for-7 against the Rangers with a grand slam that helped power the team to a 3-0 series lead. The Astros will turn to Díaz a third time during Sunday’s series finale, as rookie Corbin Martin makes his MLB debut versus the Rangers’ Adrian Sampson at 2:10 PM EDT.

Dodgers upset with Héctor Neris after Thursday’s game

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July hasn’t treated Phillies closer Héctor Neris well. Entering Thursday, he had allowed runs in three of his last four appearances, blowing two saves in the process. His struggles continued as he allowed a two-out solo home run to Alex Verdugo in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday afternoon, closing the deficit to 7-6. Thankfully for the Phillies, he was able to get the final out, getting Justin Turner to fly out to right field. An excited Neris looked into the Dodgers’ dugout and yelled an expletive.

The four-game series between the Dodgers and Phillies had quite some drama. After Matt Beaty hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday, Neris threw a pitch at the next batter, David Freese, seemingly in frustration. Neris was suspended three games. He appealed his punishment, which is why he’s been allowed to pitch. In the fourth inning of Thursday’s game, Max Muncy and Beaty stepped on first baseman Rhys Hoskins‘ ankle on consecutive plays. That, along with his own struggles, explains why Neris might’ve been amped up after closing out the ballgame.

The Dodgers were, understandably, not happy about Neris yelling at them. Several players shouted back, including Clayton Kershaw and Russell Martin. An unamused Muncy glared at Neris. Martin suggested to Neris that they meet in the hallway.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game, “I think we played this series the right way, played it straight. To look in our dugout and to taunt in any way, I think it’s unacceptable. Look in your own dugout.”

Muncy said, “He’s blown about eight saves against us over the last two years. I guess he was finally excited he got one. Whatever.”

Neris attributed his outburst to emotions, saying, “It’s a great win for my team and just I let my emotion get out.”

In baseball, everyone is pro-showing-emotion when it’s himself and his teammates, and against when it’s players on the other team. Muncy got into a back-and-forth with Giants starter Madison Bumgarner after flipping his bat and watching his long home run at Oracle Park last month. Bumgarner jawed at him and Muncy said, “I just told him if he doesn’t want me to watch the ball, go get it out of the ocean.”

Neris, however, is the last guy on the Phillies who should be antagonizing the Dodgers after his terrible decision to throw at Freese, not to mention his overall poor performance against them. The Phillies were pigs in mud who wanted to wrestle and the Dodgers jumped in with them for some reason. Thankfully, the two teams are done playing each other for the rest of the regular season.