Altuve to return to Astros lineup Sunday

Altuve to return to Astros lineup Sunday

CHICAGO -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who hasn't played since straining his right hamstring running to first base in last Sunday's game, will return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, manager Brad Mills said.

Altuve did more running on the field prior to Saturday's game and says he's ready to play. He was on deck to pinch-hit in the ninth inning when the game ended.

"I feel like maybe today or tomorrow I can get into a game and I feel ready to play," Altuve said prior the game. "I can't wait. I feel 100 percent. If it's not 100 percent, it's pretty close. They asked me how I felt and I said 'Good.' I'm going to run again and show them I can play."

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the club wants to be convinced Altuve is at 100 percent before putting him back on the field.

"If there's any risk, we won't put him in there tomorrow," he said. "If he works out today and feels good, there's a chance tomorrow could be a special day for him."

Altuve could be chosen Sunday to play for the National League All-Star team.