Houston Astros’ star player, José Altuve, was forced to leave the World Baseball Classic game on Saturday night after being hit by a pitch. Altuve was playing for Venezuela against the USA team, and the incident occurred during the bottom of the fifth inning.
The USA pitcher, Daniel Bard of the Colorado Rockies, threw a 96 mph sinker that hit Altuve’s right hand in two places.
As soon as Altuve was hit, he appeared to be in a lot of pain, and he left the game immediately. The injury is a significant concern for both the Astros and Venezuela, as Altuve is a key player for both teams. The extent of the damage and the recovery time are not yet clear, and it remains to be seen how much time Altuve will miss.
This injury also has a significant impact on the World Baseball Classic, as Altuve is one of the tournament’s top players. Altuve won the American League MVP award in 2017 and has been a six-time All-Star.
The Astros have won the American League Championship in the past three seasons, and Altuve has played a critical role in their success.
Altuve is known for his exceptional talent and work ethic, and his absence will be felt by both the Astros and Venezuela. The injury highlights the dangers that players face in this sport and the importance of safety measures to protect players from harm.
Altuve’s injury is a reminder of the risks that players take on the field, and it is hoped that he will recover quickly and return to playing at his best