Altuve gets day out of lineup to relax

Altuve gets day out of lineup to relax

SAN FRANCISCO -- After going 3-for-5 with an inside-the-park home run against the Giants on Aug. 20, rookie second baseman Jose Altuve has batted .172 (5-for-29) in his next seven games, which led manager Brad Mills to have him out of the starting lineup in Sunday's series finale.

"I don't want him to get in a situation where he gets too frustrated," Mills said. "I know he's getting hits now and then, which is good."

Indeed. Despite his weeklong funk, Altuve has yet to go more than one game without getting a hit. That's not surprising since Altuve tore it up in the Minor Leagues this year, hitting a combined .389 between Class A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi before being called up by the Astros.

"Things might be happening a little fast right now," Mills said. "Is he seeing things he hasn't seen before? Well, he has, simply because he hasn't been in the Major Leagues that long. That's the easy answer. You get in a situation where this guy played so well for a couple of weeks or a month and you hate to see the frustration set in when he's not able to get a few hits when he wants to.

"He's got all the skills, all the talent in the world. I want him to relax and let it play out."