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Edwin Diaz isn’t the only big-name player to be injured in the World Baseball Classic.
Astros star Jose Altuve, playing for Venezuela, was ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday night’s quarterfinal matchup against the United States at LonDepo Park in Miami.
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Team USA came back to lead 9–7 on Trey Turner’s go-ahead grand slam homer in the eighth inning.
With Venezuela trailing 5–2 but rallying in the fifth, Altuve was hit by a right-handed pitch on a 95.9 mph sinker thrown by United States reliever Daniel Bard, who pitches for the Rockies. Is.
Altuve was ejected from the game and replaced by Luis Rengifo. The extent or severity of the injury is not yet known.
“After further evaluation, the Astros will provide an update tomorrow,” the club said in a statement.
A Houston athletic trainer was concerned that Altuve’s thumb was broken, but had not received scans to confirm the break, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the diagnosis. Was.
Altuve did not answer questions from the media after the game, saying only in Spanish: “All is good.”
“It didn’t look good,” said Venezuelan manager Omar López, the Astros’ first base coach. “It took my trainer Tomas Vera 10 seconds to take him out of the game. I said, ‘Oh my God.’ We’ll see what happens.
“I immediately started praying for Jose, for the whole team. That was our pace when we took the lead. And at some point, the whole dugout died down, as if quiet, and we motioned everyone to get up and move on.
Byrd was replaced by Rays reliever Jason Adams, who could not contain the damage and allowed Venezuela to take a 6–5 lead in the sixth inning.
Altuve’s bad news comes after Diaz’s injury, which is expected to be season-ending.
An MRI exam on Thursday confirmed the worst was over for the Mets: He completely tore the patellar tendon in his right knee during an on-field celebration of Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night. Diaz had surgery on Thursday.
As for Altuve, he has won two World Series with the Astros, and it would be a huge loss for Houston if he is out for an extended period.
The second baseman, who is entering his 13th season with the Astros, is a career high. 307 hitter and 1,935 hits, he should pass the 2,000 hit milestone this season if this injury isn’t too severe.
Jose Altuve exits WBC game after getting hit by pitch in right hand
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