Altuve's hamstring better, but he's out of Monday's lineup

Altuve's hamstring better, but he's out of Monday's lineup

HOUSTON -- One day after leaving the game with a strained right hamstring, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was feeling better, but not in the lineup for the series opener against the Padres. Altuve leads all second baseman in batting average (.309) and hits (88).

"It's feeling good," Altuve said. "It will only be a couple of days, but that's it. It's not going to be a long time. I'm going to do everything like I do when I normally work out."

Altuve took batting practice Monday and fielded ground balls, but manager Brad Mills doesn't want to rush him back. Brian Bixler started at second base in place of Altuve and hit a leadoff homer against the Padres.

"It doesn't appear to be bothering him at all, but we're not going to have him chase chickens," Mills said. "We're not going to have him run sprints and do all those things. He's just going to take it easy and we will make sure he can run 100 percent before we put him back in there. We're thrilled he came in today and feels good."