Yordan Alvarez Placed on IL Because of Hand Injury

On Sunday, Houston Astros DH/outfielder Yordan Alvarez suffered a hand injury and was placed on the 10-day injured list.

Manager Dusty Baker reportedly indicated that Alvarez’s hand has been “progressively worse,” as reported by Astros field reporter Julia Morales.

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As per Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle, Alvarez flew back to Houston to be treated for the injury he sustained a month ago, in time for the Astros’ series finale with the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Yordan Alvarez Injury

This season, Alvarez, at age 25, is slashing at an incredible rate, making him a serious MVP candidate in the American League. 306/.405/.653 with 26 home runs, 60 RBI, and 57 runs, plus an MLB-leading 1.058 OPS.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge leads the majors with 30 home runs, is a solid defender, and has contributed 66 runs and seven steals for the finest club in baseball.

The Cuban slugger has been Houston’s top hitter this year, and the Astros have been as dominant as usual, sitting atop the American League West by 12 games with a 55-29 record heading into Sunday’s action.

Yordan Alvarez injury
Yordan Alvarez injury

In 2019, Alvarez was the AL’s Rookie of the Year after hitting.313 with 27 home runs and 78 RBI. In 2020, he played in only two games due to injuries, but he came back the following year to hit.277 with a career-high 33 home runs, 104 RBI, and 92 runs.

He’s on track to smash his previous career highs this year. In addition, his worth has increased due to the fact that he has been used in the outfield more frequently than in previous seasons.

It was stated by Lerner that Alvarez would not be participating in the Home Run Derby or the All-Star Game on July 18 and 19, but the organization is keeping its fingers crossed that he will be ready to play on July 21 doubleheader against the Yankees.

While the loss of a player of Alvarez’s caliber for any length of time is certainly undesirable, the Astros have a comfortable division lead and can afford to take things slowly.

The Astros will need Kyle Tucker, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and the rest of the lineup to step up in Alvarez’s absence.

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