Astros’ Jose Altuve to undergo right thumb surgery following hit-by-pitch during World Baseball Classic

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 18: Jose Altuve #27 of Team Venezuela was hit by Daniel Bard #52 of Team USA in the bottom of the 5th inning during the 2023 World Baseball Classic Quarterfinal game between Team USA and Team Venezuela at loanDepot park on March 18, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images) (Gene Wang, 2023 Gene Wang)

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will undergo surgery on his right thumb following his injury during the World Baseball Classic Saturday evening.

Altuve, who played for Venezuela during the tournament, left the game during the fifth inning after he was hit by a 95 mph sinker pitch on his hand.

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“Astros second baseman Jose Altuve sustained a right thumb fracture after being hit by pitch during last night’s World Baseball Classic,” the team said in a statement. “As a result of the fracture, Altuve will undergo surgery on his right thumb in the upcoming days.”

The team added that they will provide an update following the surgery on Altuve’s prognosis.

Venezuela lost to the United States 9-7 in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

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