PHOENIX -- Friday marked exactly one year since Astros second baseman Jose Altuve made his Major League debut and the All-Star celebrated the milestone with a much-needed day off.
Altuve, the second-youngest player on the National League All-Star team behind Washington's Bryce Harper, is 3-for-28 and hitless in his last 14 at-bats since the All-Star break.
"He didn't get a break. Everybody else did, and that's why I wanted to get him a day at some point on this road trip," Astros manager Brad Mills said.
Altuve said he's not worried about his slow start.
"I had a good first half, but the balls are not falling so far and it's a little bit of a slow start, but I'm fine," he said. "There's a lot of season left."
Altuve has 99 hits, 31 multihit games and 16 stolen bases this season. He is 23-for-31 in stolen-base attempts in his career.
"He was in A-ball last year to start the season. I think that classifies as a long way," Mills said. "From A-ball to Double-A to Triple-A in a year-and-half is moving quickly and a great distance. He's been great for us."