HOUSTON – Jose Altuve is back, as the Houston Astros have activated their star 2nd baseman off the injured list.
He is also in tonight’s lineup released on Monday afternoon - Altuve will be batting leadoff.
Altuve had been on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 19, with a left hamstring strain suffered late during the Astros’ home opener on April 18.
In the last few days, Altuve had hits in each of his two games rehabbing for Triple-A Sugar Land. Altuve totaled three hits in those games and had a .429 batting average.
In the 12 games that Altuve has missed, the Astros have a 5-7 record. Houston is finishing a seven-game road trip and is about to start a seven-game homestand starting tonight against the Seattle Mariners.
In other roster moves, the Astros also optioned pitchers Ronel Blanco and Seth Martinez along with infielder J.J. Matijevic to Triple-A Sugar Land.