Astros' Alvarez exits due to shortness of breath

by Daryn Albert - Astros manager Dusty Baker said Yordan Alvarez had shortness of breath, which was made worse by the smoke in the air after the Braves shot off fireworks at Truist Park.

Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez hospitalized in Atlanta area after exiting game 11:18 PM ET ESPN Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez felt ill on the field and was removed with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning of Friday night's game against the Braves in Atlanta. According to the team, Alvarez was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Editor's Picks Speaking after his team's 6-2 loss, Astros manager Dusty Baker said Alvarez had shortness of breath, which was made worse by the smoke in the air after the Braves shot off fireworks at Truist Park. "I'm glad we got him out when we did," Baker told reporters. "I looked up and he was in the dugout. It was kind of a scary moment. It could be anything. They said he's doing fine at the moment." Alvarez's 31 home runs are second in the AL, and he leads the league in on-base percentage (1.017). Chas McCormick shifted to left when Alvarez departed, and Mauricio Dubon took over in center.