Houston Astros slugger Jordan Alvarez was not in his team’s lineup for the final of the series against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night due to a hand injury and is considered day-to-day, manager Dusty Baker said.
“Hopefully those will be just a few days,” Baker said before his team’s 4-3 victory.
“The diagnosis was better than we expected,” Baker told reporters, and there was no structural damage. Baker will not initially reveal the location of Alvarez’s injury and before he reveals that it is his hand.
Baker said he did not want to reveal the location of the injury “because the opposition will play him differently, which will hurt him and hurt us.”
Alvarez, who appeared in 32 games on the hitter and 27 in the left for the AL West-leading Astros this season, was injured in his final swing in the seventh inning of Houston’s 7-0 defeat to the White Sox on Saturday.
Alvarez, who signed a six-year, 115 million extension with the Astros earlier this month, leads the team in batting average (.311), hits (66), home runs (18), RBIs (47), on-base percentage. (.403), slugging percentages (.623) and OPS (1.026).