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Scuffling Astros may soon get a big boost to their lineup

Perennial All-Star Jose Altuve took batting practice this weekend and could be back in the lineup sooner than expected.


Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is reportedly ahead of schedule in recovering from a broken thumb.


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Houston Astros’ second baseman Jose Altuve suffered a broken thumb back in March during the World Baseball Classic. He was expected to be out for much of the first half of this season. But he now appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehab efforts. Altuve’s been fielding for a week now, and took batting practice twice over the weekend, with no apparent ill effects.

In the audio above, Bleav in Astros podcast co-host Jeff Balke suggests Altuve could be in line to return to the lineup within two weeks. Good thing, too, as the Astros are stuck at .500 (17-17), though still in striking distance of the American League West division lead.

The Astros are not the only team expected to compete for (or win) their division who have stumbled out of the gate. The Yankees, Phillies, and Mets are among the disappointments so far. And then there’s a whole other category for the 11-and-24 St. Louis Cardinals. (What do you scrape below the bottom of the barrel?)

We discuss those who have fallen behind, as well as those teams (notably Tampa and Pittsburgh) who have had unexpected great success early.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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