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Houston Astros place Yordan Alvarez on injured list with hand injury

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Astros placed Yordan Alvarez on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right hand inflammation, stemming from his injury last month that has been getting “progressively worse,” manager Dusty Baker said. 

Alvarez flew back to Houston on Sunday before the Astros played their series finale against the A’s. Alvarez will miss the next two series before the All-Star break, a three-game road tilt against the Angels and three games at home against the A’s. 

Baker said he hopes Alvarez will be able to play against the Yankees in a doubleheader at Minute Maid Park on July 21. 

“Yordan has been suffering with the injury for a couple weeks and it’s gotten worse,” Baker said. “We decided that hey, the only way to get this well is to try to use these (series) before the All-Star break to coincide with the 10 that he has to be on the IL.”

Alvarez missed one game after he hurt his right hand, his bottom hand, on a swing in a game against the White Sox on June 18. He returned to action two days later, but on June 26 did not start against the Yankees due to hand soreness. Baker acknowledged that Alvarez’s injury never fully subsided. 

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“It was bothering him every swing,” Baker said. “Hands are so important when you hit.” 

The Astros and Alvarez have refused to specify which part of his hand is injured. On Sunday, Baker said a course of treatment would be determined after Alvarez saw a doctor in Houston. 

As the corresponding roster move, the Astros recalled outfielder Jose Siri from Class AAA Sugar Land. Siri was optioned to Sugar Land on June 24 to clear a roster spot for center fielder Jake Meyers. 

With Alvarez and outfielder Michael Brantley unavailable due to injury, the Astros started Aledmys Díaz at designated hitter and Chas McCormick in left field on Sunday. Brantley has not resumed hitting since his right shoulder injury arose on June 27, but with a sizable division lead, the Astros do not want to rush him back before the All-Star break. 

“It really hurts not having your two big left-handed bats out there in Michael and Yordan at the same time, so hopefully we’ll get Michael back relatively soon,” Baker said. 

 Because of his hand injury, Alvarez is unlikely to play in the All-Star game or Home Run Derby on July 19 at Dodger Stadium.