MINNEAPOLIS -- The Astros' starting lineup looks a whole lot better with Jose Altuve in it.
Altuve rejoined the lineup on Saturday against the Twins after missing the previous two games with a sore left quadriceps muscle. He entered the game hitting .284 with four homers and 34 RBIs and was third in the American League with 26 stolen bases.
"You never want him to come out of the lineup, but at the same time, you don't want him to risk having something that will linger for a longer period of time," manager Bo Porter said. "[Head athletic trainer] Nate [Lucero] brought him out today, and he was able to do all the running they wanted him to do, and he came in and said, 'I think he's fine.'"
The Astros were 1-8 in games in which Altuve didn't start at second base or designated hitter.
"Put it like this -- I want the only time he's not in the lineup is if I choose to give him a day," Porter said. "He's a guy that if he can play all 162, he'll play all 162. At the same time, there have been times this year I have picked a day to give him a day with an off-day coming up the next day, so he has two days to recover. He is that kind of guy who's in the lineup every day, and it doesn't matter who's pitching for the other team."