Houston Astros star José Altuve exited Saturday night’s USA vs. Venezuela World Baseball Classic game after getting hit by a pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth, Team USA pitcher Daniel Bard of the Colorado Rockies threw a 96 mph sinker that struck Altuve on the right hand in two spots. Altuve appeared in considerable pain and immediately left the game.
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) March 19, 2023
Team USA entered the bottom of the fifth with a 5-2 lead in the elimination game, but Bard’s wildness, which included a couple of wild pitches and two walks, helped Venezuela take a 6-5 lead.
No word on the extent of Altuve’s injury yet, but coming just days after New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz suffered a season-ending injury in WBC play, many fans feared the worst.
Horrible. Jose Altuve was just drilled by a pitch, and it looks bad. Bard has no control. Out of respect to their fellow big leagues De Rosa and Andy Pettitte need to pull Bard.
— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) March 19, 2023
Sure looked like it if you noticed how Jose Altuve was holding his hand/wrist clutched into his chest. When the ball hit that spot and his body turned as he fell; you’ll notice that his hand went floppy in the air like a dead fish.
— Ben Af Rothenberg (@RisingRedStorm) March 19, 2023
This is terrible! It doesn’t look good for Jose Altuve either but hopefully nothing is broken. I wish we could acquire Tony Kemp via trade if Altuve has to miss any significant time. @BigSargeSportz @OrtizKicks @SeanUnfiltered @mooseoutfront
— DreamTeamApple 🍎 (@DreamTeamApple1) March 19, 2023
You never want to see something like this happen in a ball game. Jose Altuve is a tough ball player but you could see he was in extraordinary pain after getting hit by the pitch. He had a look of tremendous worry on his face as he left the dugout. #worldbaseballclassic pic.twitter.com/6ss8MLkPSV
— Wayne McDonnell, Jr. (@wmcdonn25) March 19, 2023
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