Jose Altuve will have to undergo surgery for a broken right thumb
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The Astros are not going to start Jose Altuve at second base on the Opening Day of the season. There has been some update on the injury from the Astros general manager Dana Brown, and it is evident that the player will need to undergo surgery as a result of the injury.
“It’s a massive blow,” Brown said, as quoted by mlb.com “Right now, there’s no timeline because the doctor’s got to go in and get this deal done. It’s unfortunate that it is a fracture that was revealed by the MRI and he’s going to have to have surgery on it”.
Altuve is of course disappointed by everything, but he is aware that he has to accept things as they are. "Obviously, nobody wants to get hurt and start the season on the IL," Altuve said. "I want to control what I can control, and that's recover fast and get back to the team."
Bregman and Baker gave impressions
Third baseman Alex Bregman expressed how much he believes in Altuve and hopes he will come back stronger than ever.
“He’s one of the best players in the world, a leader for this team,” -Alex Bregman said. “I’m super sorry for him. I think he came into Spring Training in great shape. He was playing great. In the WBC, he was on base all the time.
I know he’ll come back stronger from it, and he’ll be ready to help us as soon as he gets back”. Astros manager Dusty Baker will have a slightly more difficult task now that Altuve is not on the team. However, Baker has been used to this sort of thing before.
“We’ve got to put our heads together and find out what we can do and who we can do it with, and for an extended period of time,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “That’s a big loss. We have to come together as a unit and pick him up.
I’ve lost some players in the past -- a few of this magnitude. I’ve got to put my thinking cap on”.