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MLB Injury News:
The Houston Astros got a pair of regulars back last night for their series opener against the Oakland Athletics, as second baseman Jose Altuve and catcher Jason Castro returned from injury. Castro was sidelined the previous two games with a bruised hip, while Altuve has been dealing with a sore left quadriceps, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Prior to yesterday's game, Castro told reporters that he is "feeling a lot better" since suffering his bruised hip.
"I'm feeling a lot better," Castro said. "The
couple of off-days did the trick. The first day after was pretty sore to really
do anything, so that's why I took the back-to-back days off. It felt better
[Monday], but today it feels even better. I should be back to normal now."
Manager Bo Porter indicated that Altuve's quad still isn't 100 percent, but the second baseman has been told to take it easy on the base paths as he continues to play through the injury. It's lingered over the past week, causing him to miss a few games.
"We're at the point where he's not going to be 100
percent," Porter said. "I've discussed with him and the bases coaches
have talked to him that they are going to have to be some precautions taken,
because he doesn't have the normal burst and normal speed when he's 100 percent
It's always risky to play through injuries, especially when it's to a leg muscle and the player depends as much on his speed as Altuve does. While Porter and coaches can remind Altuve to take it easy on the bases, sometimes instincts take over.
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