The tough news on Yordan Álvarez has Houston Astros fans down. On Friday, the Astros announced the superstar slugger will hit the 10-day injured list.
“We have placed OF Yordan Álvarez on the 10-day IL (right oblique discomfort),” the team announced on Twitter. The Astros revealed that Yordan will return to Houston to undergo “further evaluation.”
We have placed OF Yordan Alvarez on the 10-day IL (right oblique discomfort). He will return to Houston for further evaluation.
— Houston Astros (@astros) June 9, 2023
Álvarez has been phenomenal again this season. The Astro slugger has mashed 17 home runs, second-most in the American League behind reigning MVP Aaron Judge. He also ranks in the Top 10 in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, wOBA, wRC+, and fWAR.
He is still on a torrid pace and is one of the best hitters in the AL. But this oblique injury might slow him down. His IL stint comes at a time where the Astros are still looking up at the Texas Rangers in the AL West standings. Houston is five games back of first-place Texas.
So in other words, it’s a pretty rough time for Yordan to go down. Those are the breaks, though, and that’s something the Astros will have to try and navigate through. They are a battle-tested team who’s seen and done it all over the years, so they’re no stranger to climbing through trouble. It will be fascinating to see how they approach the next week and a half.
The MLB world reacted to the Yordan Álvarez injury news.
Congrats Texas Rangers on your first division title since 2016 https://t.co/7Eq8ZsidwR
— ☔️ (@AdamS1lverHater) June 9, 2023
There it is. Signs were clear last night that this wasn’t like the Altuve one. This will be weeks to months. https://t.co/BJQP9FfZnj
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) June 9, 2023
So, who y’all hoping to play in the Wild Card series? https://t.co/XxlyMHzt2z
— Duchess of Doom (@kidagreen) June 9, 2023
The insta-IL is usually gonna be 2-3 weeks minimum. They didn’t think “a few days” was even possible.
Already were a corner bat short. They probably need to explore the trade market some before August 1. https://t.co/fp8jFBICm0
— Mike Mitchell (@MikeMitchNH) June 9, 2023