World Baseball Classic: Venezuela’s José Altuve exits after HBP to hand

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 18: No. 27 of Team Venezuela's Jose Altuve hit by a fifth inning serve of Team USA's Daniel Bard of #52 during the 2023 World Baseball Classic Quarterfinal game between Team USA and Team Venezuela at a rented park on Saturday, March 18, 2023 , Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Daniel Sheary/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The Astros and Venezuela may have lost the most in a very bad inning for Team USA. (Photo by Daniel Sheary/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The 2023 World Baseball Classic could have another major injury.

Houston Astros All-Star Jose Altuve, who plays for Venezuela, was out of his team’s game against the United States on Saturday after a 96 mph hit in the arm from pitcher Daniel Bard.

Altuve immediately fell to the ground after the field touched the field and was taken off the field by the coach when he was clearly in pain. He was replaced at second base by Luis Rengifo of the Los Angeles Angels.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports later reported There were concerns that Altuve broke his right thumb and the Astros would have more information on Sunday.

The off-field hit was the ugliest moment of Bard’s ugly inning, which opened the fifth with a single, wild pitch, HBP, wild pitch and walk before US team manager Mark DeRosa pulled it out for Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jason. Adam. By the time Bard came out, the bases were loaded with no outs and already with one entry.

Bard’s line got even worse after he left as Venezuela ended the inning leading 6–5 after trailing 5–2.

The risk of injury while playing the World Baseball Classic has been a hot topic of conversation since closer to the New York Mets, Edwin Diaz tore his patella tendon while celebrating Puerto Rico’s victory at the end of a game of pool. Diaz, last year’s NL Player of the Year, is expected to miss the entire MLB season.

Now both the Astros and Venezuela are probably holding their breath in Altuva. The second baseman ends a winning season with the Astros in which he hit .300/.387/.533 with 28 homers and 18 steals and earned his eighth All-Star nod, sixth Silver Slugger Award, and fifth. finish in AL MVP voting.


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