HOUSTON -- Before Saturday's game, Astros manager Brad Mills told second baseman Jose Altuve that he'd better play hard because he would have the day off on Sunday.
Sure enough, the All-Star was out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers. Tyler Greene, acquired from the Cardinals on Thursday, started at second base and batted leadoff. Since the All-Star break, Altuve has only had one day off: July 20.
Mills isn't too concerned about Altuve wearing down going forward.
"He's played quite a few games straight and we've got a guy like Greeny that is able to plug in and do real well," Mills said. "We've got an off-day Thursday coming up, followed by an off-day on Monday. With those off days moving forward, I think that's fine."
Altuve made 625 plate appearances between the Minor Leagues and Major Leagues in 2011. Through Aug. 11 of last season, Altuve had 477 total plate appearances. Entering Sunday's game, Altuve has 470.
Since July 20, Altuve is batting .349 with a .439 on-base percentage. He leads the team with 36 extra-base hits.
"He's held up really well," Mills said. "If there was any time that he kind of struggled, it was probably going into the All-Star break. I think a lot of that was the anxiety of rumors and people talking about him being an All-Star."