Al­tuve says his knee is fine

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - MLB PLAYOFFS - Matt Young

When Jose Al­tuve stood on first base in the sixth in­ning, he felt a lit­tle pain in his right knee, but he also felt fear.

The Astros’ sec­ond base­man had just stum­bled out of the bat­ter’s box, scur­ried to his feet and beat out an er­rant throw for an in­field sin­gle. He also had a no­tice­able limp when he made his way back to first base.

“Ab­so­lutely (I was scared),” Al­tuve said af­ter the Astros’ 3-1 Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries Game 2 win over the In­di­ans on Sat­ur­day. “You don’t want to be hurt in the play­offs. That’s why I was like, ‘Hey, what’s go­ing on?’ But, af­ter a cou­ple min­utes, it just went away.” Astros man­ager A.J. Hinch and trainer Jeremiah Ran­dall hur­ried out of the dugout to check on their sec­ond base­man, but Al­tuve said the pain he felt al­ready was sub­sid­ing.

“It’s not easy to hit the ball, go down, stand up and run in a close play, so I was a lit­tle sore af­ter that play,” Al­tuve said. “... But it went away.”

Not only did Al­tuve stay in the game, but he was run­ning on a 3-2 count to

Alex Breg­man that re­sulted in a walk, and then he scored on a Mar­win Gon­za­lez dou­ble. Ear­lier this sea­son, Al­tuve spent al­most a month on the dis­abled list with what the team called right knee dis­com­fort, which led to some of Al­tuve’s ap­pre­hen­sion when he felt pain in the same knee.

“He’s been bat­tling this for most of the sec­ond half,” Hinch said. “He went on the DL with it. There was a lit­tle bit of a scare, a lit­tle bit of un­cer­tainty . ... I mean, it’s Oc­to­ber, man. He prob­a­bly doesn’t feel great, but I think he’ll be fine.”

Karen War­ren / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

When Astros trainer Jeremiah Ran­dall came out to check on Jose Al­tuve’s knee, Al­tuve says the pain was al­ready go­ing away.

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