HOUSTON -- Second baseman Jose Altuve was out of the Astros' lineup on Saturday for a second straight game, recovering after being hit in the right hand while attempting to bunt on Thursday against the D-backs. Marwin Gonzalez was back at second base, batting eighth in the order against Tampa Bay.
"They're going to give me another day," said Altuve. "I feel really good but I'm not ready for a 95-mph fastball. I'm not ready for everything."
Altuve fielded ground balls during batting practice, with some throwing. There's still a little swelling and soreness on his bruised hand from the effects of being hit by Randall Delgado.
"He's made tremendous progress," said Astros manager Bo Porter. "He'll continue to be day to day.
"You want your guys to want to play. It's good to see how quickly he's recovering, but at the same time we have to make sure it's not going to have any lingering effect -- that he'll be able to play the way he's capable of playing."
A 2012 National League All-Star, Altuve leads the Majors with 90 hits and is tied for first in multi-hit games with 26. Altuve leads the American League in steals (24) and has made only two errors.
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less