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HOUSTON -- In the past, when All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has been dealing with a nagging injury, he's not been shy about lobbying manager Bo Porter to let him play before Porter was ready to let him play.

Altuve, who left Friday's game after five innings with neck discomfort, wasn't about to do that Saturday. After he missed a game with an oblique injury in mid-June and pleaded with Porter to let him in the lineup, he returned to action, was hit in the hand by a pitch and missed a couple of more games.

So the fact the Major League's hits leader was out of the lineup Saturday against the Rangers wasn't a point of contention for Altuve.

"They just told me to sit the bench today and I'm going to be ready to pinch-hit and pinch-run," he said.

Altuve said he wasn't quite 100 percent, but he felt much better Saturday.

"They said tomorrow I might be 100 percent if I take the day off today," he said.

Saturday marked only the fifth game this year Altuve wasn't in the lineup.

"Obviously, he's a little sore from the discomfort, but he's actually better than he was last night, so we're going to give him the day and hopefully by tomorrow it's behind him," Porter said.

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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