Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez placed on injured list due to hand

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The AL West-leading Houston Astros will be without MVP candidate Yordan Alvarez for a while as he deals with a right hand injury that has landed him on the 10-day injured list.

Alvarez has been bothered by soreness and inflammation in his right hand since originally injuring it on June 18 against the Chicago White Sox. He is expected to miss the next two series and the team hope he can return after the All-Star break.

"Yordan has been suffering with the injury for a couple weeks and it's gotten worse," Houston manager Dusty Baker said.

"We decided the only way to get this well is to try to use these [series] before the break [to] coincide with the 10 [days] that he has to be on the IL."

Alvarez has been among the best players in the AL this season, batting .306 with 26 home runs and 60 RBIs for an Astros team who have the second-best record in the league with a comfortable lead in the West.

The 2019 AL Rookie of the Year leads the majors with a .653 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.058.

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