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Houston Astros star Jose Altuve underwent surgery Wednesday for a broken right thumb that occurred in the World Baseball Classic, significantly delaying his 2023 debut as a second baseman.
The Astros announced that Altuve, 32, underwent surgery in Houston and will be staying there to begin rehab with one week left in spring training. The Astros flew there on Sunday after their final Grapefruit League game in Florida before making two exhibitions in Texas with Triple-A team Sugarland Space and his Cowboys.
Altuve was hit by a pitch while playing for Venezuela in the WBC on Saturday. He may not be ready to return to the lineup until at least late May. 300 batting average with 103 runs, 28 home runs and 18 steals. Mauricio Dubon and David Hensley are strong contenders to fill in for Altuve at second base.
Of course, Altuve isn’t the only Major League Baseball star to be injured in a WBC game. Mets closer Edwin Diaz will miss his 2023 season due to a torn patellar tendon in his right knee as a result of an unusual on-field celebration following his WBC victory by the Puerto Rico national team. increase.
The Astros also scratched right-hander Hunter Brown, who was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida.