Astros' Jose Altuve sidelined indefinitely with thumb fracture after World Baseball Classic hit

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023
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HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Astros star Jose Altuve suffered a fractured right thumb in Saturday's World Baseball Classic game and will need surgery, general manager Dana Brown announced on Sunday.

There is no timetable for his return, according to Brown.

Altuve exited Team Venezuela's loss to Team USA in the fifth inning after being drilled by a 96 mph fastball by Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard.

It was the second significant injury suffered by an All-Star player in WBC pool play in Miami, after New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz suffered a torn patellar tendon while celebrating Puerto Rico's win over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. He is expected to miss the entire 2023 season.

Altuve, who will turn 33 in May, was coming off another stellar season for the reigning champion Astros, having hit .300 with a .921 OPS in 2022.