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Astros News: Dusty Baker Gives Timeline for Jose Altuve Return

Larry Rupp
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker gives a timeline for Jose Altuve to return.
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker gives a timeline for Jose Altuve to return. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Houston Astros have been without their starting second baseman Jose Altuve for over a week now after he reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. However, manager Dusty Baker said that Altuve could return to the lineup as soon as early on this week.

Jose Altuve Injury Update

Altuve was one of five Astros players placed on the COVID-19 injured list last week, but he was cleared to resume practicing with his teammates a few days ago. The 30-year-old passed the league's health and safety protocols and looks ready to return to the diamond.

The 2017 American League MVP says he has no idea how he contracted the virus, but that he has made sure to stay in shape as he comes closer to re-joining his teammates.

Houston could use Altuve back in the lineup as he was off to a solid start this season. He was hitting .318 (14-44) before his injury and has racked up 11 runs scored, 1 home run and 5 RBI in 2021. Altuve was a major factor during Houston's solid start to the season.

The Astros (10-10) currently sit in third place in the American League West division behind two red hot teams in the Oakland Athletics (14-7) and Seattle Mariners (13-8). The return of a veteran player in Altuve could be just the spark Houston needs to go on a winning streak and make up some ground after several key players were shelved.

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