The Houston Astros are one win away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the American League and earning home-field advantage throughout the MLB Playoffs. Staying healthy has to be their top priority right now and the good news is that Yordan Alvarez's ankle injury is not considered serious.
Yordan Alvarez Injury Update
Alvarez slapped a single in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks before rolling his ankle on his way up the baseline. He initially stayed in the game before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. The X-rays Alvarez underwent came back negative on Wednesday.
Manager Dusty Baker said Alvarez could return to the lineup in a few days and get some swings in before the postseason arrives. Keep in mind the Astros will have some time off as the top two seeds in the league receive a bye to the ALDS. Avoiding a cold stretch at the plate is going to be crucial.
Houston could always take the safe route here and hold Alvarez out until the playoffs, too. The All-Star has been their best hitter this season, slashing .304/.407/.614 with 92 runs scored, 24 doubles, 37 home runs and 96 RBI. Alvarez has also set a career-high in walks (77) across 129 games played.
Alvarez was even seen in the locker room walking without a noticeable limp and gave a thumbs up to beat reporters after the game. There's no reason for Houston fans to panic here. For now, the Astros have the second-best odds to win the World Series at +380, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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