Astros' Alvarez to IL as hand has 'gotten worse'

by Daryn Albert - Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday because of inflammation in his right hand.

Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez placed on injured list as hand has 'gotten worse' 4:33 PM ET ESPN Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday because of inflammation in his right hand. "Yordan has been suffering with the injury for a couple weeks and it's gotten worse," Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters, according to the Houston Chronicle . "We decided that hey, the only way to get this well is to try to use these (series) before the All-Star break to coincide with the 10 that he has to be on the IL." The injury, which Alvarez suffered on a swing during a game on June 18, was "bothering him every swing," Baker told reporters. The outfielder and designated hitter will miss the Astros' next two series before the All-Star break and likely won't be able to play in the All-Star Game. He leads the Astros in hits (82), batting average (.306), home runs (26), RBIs (60), on-base percentage (.405), slugging percentage (.653) and OPS (1.058). Outfielder Jose Siri was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land in a corresponding move. The Astros currently hold the second-biggest division lead in the major leagues with a 12-game lead in the American League West over the Seattle Mariners entering Sunday's games.