HOUSTON -- It's been a busy year for All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve, who played a full schedule in the Venezuelan winter league last offseason before commencing his first full season as a starter in the Major Leagues in 2012.
Altuve, who didn't even get a respite during the All-Star break, has held up fine physically this year, which isn't surprising considering he's just 22 years old. But Altuve said he plans to scale back his winter schedule this year to about 20 games in December.
"I need a break," he said. "As soon as I get there [to his home in Venezuela], I'm going to rest and then play at the end of the season, so I'll have plenty of time to get my rest."
Altuve, who plays for Magallanes, led the Venezuelan Winter League in hits (82) and batting average (.339) last year.
"Last year, I was a little bit tired, but I think I prepared good before the season, I did my job in Spring Training and I feel good," he said. "I think my swing is good, my legs are good, everything is good. I'm going to keep working hard to finish strong and go to Venezuela and have some fun."