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The Houston Astros are reportedly banking on the cavalry coming in sooner fairly than later.
Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the group expects designated hitter/outfielder Yordan Álvarez, second baseman Jose Altuve and beginning pitcher Jose Urquidy to return from the injured checklist early subsequent month.
The group can be trying to find a left-handed hitter to enhance their lineup, which is essentially filled with right-handed batters.
Álvarez has been out of the lineup since injuring his indirect June 8 in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays. He lately completed a rehab task with Triple-A Sugar Land, and Astros supervisor Dusty Baker stated the slugger shall be again within the lineup quickly.
“He is actual shut,” Baker told reporters Monday. “We’re undecided if it is tomorrow or the following day. We have to return out and check him some extra and see if he is actually prepared.”
Altuve has been out of the lineup since July 3 together with his personal indirect situation. He is been restricted to simply 32 video games this season amid myriad harm points however may wind up again with out occurring a rehab task, Baker stated.
A shoulder harm has restricted Urquidy to solely six begins in 2023. The Astros’ rotation has been ravaged by accidents, with Lance McCullers and Luis Garcia dominated out for the season and Urquidy lacking prolonged time. It is potential Houston may also discover including a pitcher earlier than the deadline to fortify its rotation.
The Astros come into Tuesday’s slate of video games at 57-44, sitting two video games behind the Texas Rangers for the highest spot within the AL West. Given the quantity of expertise getting back from accidents earlier than later, Houston seems primed for a run on the division.