Altuve out 2nd straight day with bruised hand

Altuve out 2nd straight day with bruised hand
June 14, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Jose Altuve is not in the starting lineup for a second straight day due to his bruised right hand.

The Astros second baseman suffered the injury in the seventh inning of Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks when a pitch hit him on the hand as he was trying to back away from a bunting position as a pitch was riding high and inside. He sat out Friday's game with hopes of returning to the lineup on Saturday. While there continues to be progress, there hasn't been enough to where Bo Porter is comfortable just yet in trotting Altuve to the batter's box.

"There's still some swelling and some soreness in there," Porter said. "That's why he's going to continue to get treatment today.

"He's made tremendous progress," the manager added. "The trainers are feeling pretty good about the percentage of improvement from one day to the next. We'll let him get moving around for a day, take some ground balls, throw a little bit, and make our decision tomorrow. He's going to continue to be day-to-day."

As per usual, Altuve wanted to play, so he's prepared if called upon.

"I'm going to be ready to come in the game today to pinch run, (play) defense or whatever," Altuve said. "The team's been playing well, so I'm going to be ready for everything."

"It's good," Porter said. "You want your guys to want to play, but at the same time, he took a pretty good shot in the hand. It's good to see how quickly he's recovering, but we have to make sure there's not going to be any lingering effects and that he's going to be able to play the way he's capable of playing."

Altuve's desire to play is unchanged, but what's different this time around is the level of campaigning. Altuve had missed one game earlier this week with an oblique injury. After campaigning to be back in the lineup, he came after that one game missed. That's when he suffered his newest injury.

"I don't feel like I can go in and try to change the lineup again," Altuve joked. "I did it one time and I got hit (by a pitch). So that's why I'm not doing it again."