Our own Rose Ingberman reported that Altuve had to leave a game last Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks after being hit on the hand by a pitch. X-rays were negative and Altuve was listed as day-to-day.
Altuve was back in the lineup on Tuesday and made a huge impact, as reported by Howard Chen of CSNHouston.com. Altuve had four hits in five at bats with two RBI in his first full game back in the lineup. He looked very sharp, better than he has all season, with a career-high four hits. Atuve leads the league in hits with 94 and improved to third in the American League with a .326 batting average.
Altuve, although he made the hitting process sound simple, admitted there was more to the hitting process particularly after missing some games.
"I was ready to go out. I wanted to swing the bat, get a couple of hits. I was just trying to get on base, try to win the game, and play really well. When you take a couple of days off, you have to be early in your step. That's what I was trying to do. You lose your timing, but the most important thing is to be on time to swing the bat."Altuve, in his fourth Major League season, has two home runs, 24 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 69 games. In 152 games last season, he batted .283 with five home runs, 52 RBI and 35 stolen bases. He's a career .292 hitter with 16 home runs, 125 RBI and 99 stolen bases.
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