Astros' Jose Altuve to sit out All-Star Game to rest sore left hand, Marcus Semien to start in his place


HOUSTON — Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will not attend or participate in next week’s All-Star Game while “opting to rest a sore left hand,” the team announced Thursday.

Fans elected Altuve to start the game over Marcus Semien, who will now get the start inside his home ballpark. Minnesota Twins second baseman Willi Castro will take Altuve’s place on the American League roster.

Altuve exited Friday’s game against the Twins after being hit in the left hand with a pitch. Though Altuve has started Houston’s past three games, he showed off a still-swollen and -bruised hand to a group of reporters during this homestand.

Attendance at the All-Star Game is mandatory for those selected, but a provision in the league’s collective bargaining agreement allows players to skip the exhibition if “the club advises (a player) to refrain from baseball activities during the All-Star break to treat a chronic injury or condition.”

Altuve is a nine-time All-Star, the most selections in franchise history. He has not attended an All-Star Game since 2018 at Nationals Park.

Altuve was named to the team in both 2021 and 2022 but opted out of both games citing nagging injuries, none of which required a trip to the injured list.

All of Houston’s 2021 All-Stars opted out along with Altuve. Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez and Kyle Tucker attended the 2022 game at Dodger Stadium alongside former manager Dusty Baker and Houston’s entire coaching staff.

It’s unclear if Houston will have any representation at this year’s Midsummer Classic. Tucker, elected as a reserve, is on the injured list with a right shin contusion and will not attend.

Alvarez is the American League’s starting DH, but exited Wednesday’s blowout win against the Miami Marlins with what the team described as “right hip tightness.” Manager Joe Espada did not believe Alvarez’s injury was serious enough to warrant any further imaging. On the day he was elected, Alvarez said he planned to attend and participate in the game.

(Photo: Mark Blinch / Getty Images)



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