José Altuve reportedly undergoes surgery to repair right knee
Houston Astros second baseman José Altuve underwent surgery on his right knee, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. However, Houston did not confirm the surgery.
Altuve, a six-time All-Star, suffered the injury while sliding into second base against the Colorado Rockies in July. Despite the injury, Altuve still amassed fantastic numbers — finishing the regular season with a .316 average, 13 homers and 61 RBIs in 137 games. Altuve batted .286 against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series, and he finished with a .250 average against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.
Altuve was the Astros’ designated hitter in Games 3-5 against Boston. On Thursday, Astros manager AJ Hinch said Altuve would have been on the disabled list if they were in the regular season.
A source told McTaggart that Altuve is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training.
Altuve’s durability has never been an issue in his career. He’s played in at least 150 games each season since 2013.