HOUSTON -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve's return to the lineup has been pushed back to no sooner than Sunday as part of a more cautious approach to treating the hamstring injury he suffered last Sunday against Cleveland.
Altuve's injury has not worsened, but Astros manager Brad Mills does not want to put him back in without being certain that he's completely healed.
"I was probably a little too optimistic in hoping for Saturday," Mills said. "It's not a setback. We want to make sure that he's absolutely right. At the very earliest, it will probably be Sunday. We'll see how it goes today, but it might be Pittsburgh [on Monday]."
That is frustrating news for Altuve, who is more than ready to hit the field again. He currently holds the top batting average (.309) among National League second basemen while also leading in hits with 88.
Though he wants to contribute to the team, Altuve agrees with Mills in not wanting to risk an extended stay on the disabled list by returning too soon.
"I want to go out and play, but I know I have to be 100 percent," Altuve said. "Right now, I am about 80. It's funny, we've been winning games, so you want to go out and play and do things to help my team win."