Astros' Jose Altuve gets hit by pitch during World Baseball Classic: 'It didn't look good'
March 19, 2023 at 15:34
Houston Astros star Jose Altuve left Saturday night’s World Baseball Classic game after he took a pitch to the hand and the team fears he possibly broke his thumb.
Altuve, who was playing for Venezuela, suffered the injury in the 9-7 loss to the United States.
Daniel Bard threw the pitch that hit Altuve in the fifth inning.
"The Astros will provide an update tomorrow after further evaluation," the club said in a statement.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMA Houston athletic trainer told The Associated Press there was fear Altuve may have broken his right thumb.
Altuve told reporters in Spanish after the game, "All is good."
I started to pray right away for Jose, for the entire team.
TEAM USA PLAYERS WATCH IN AWE AS MLB-GREAT KEN GRIFFEY JR. TAKES BATTING PRACTICE AT WORLD BASEBALL CLASSICLopez is the Astros’ first base coach.
Altuve’s teammate Ryan Pressly, a pitcher for the U.S. team, said he was worried for the star second baseman.
Altuve’s injury came after New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz suffered a devastating knee injury that could cost him the season.
But I never thought that he was going to come up with a pitch inside, up and in, to Jose in that situation," Lopez added.
"Unfortunately, Jose wasn't able to kind of recognize right way."