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.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.