As the American League Championship series shifts to Houston for a pivotal Game 3 with the series tied at a game apiece, the Houston Astros will have to adjust their lineup due to an injury.
It has been reported by insider Bob Nightengale that Astros second baseman and 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve will play designated hitter due to a knee issue.
Jose Altuve will be the DH for Game 3 for the #Astros to rest his troublesome knee.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 16, 2018
Marwin Gonzalez, who was the Astros' starting left fielder for the first two games of the ALCS, will step in for Altuve at second, while Tony Kemp will start in left.
Jose Altuve (right knee) ailing a bit and serves as the DH. Marwin Gonzalez from LF to 2B, Josh Reddick up from ninth, Brian McCann and Tony Kemp earn their first starts of the series. #RedSox https://t.co/0BBgt6Mqk0— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) October 16, 2018
Astros manager AJ Hinch already hinted at putting Altuve at DH after Game 2 due to the fact that the next three games will be played on consecutive days. So far in the ALCS, Altuve is only 1-8 with two strikeouts so far in the series, so giving him a bit of a respite is clearly necessary.
The Astros will be starting lefty Dallas Keuchel on the mound tonight in Houston, while the Red Sox will be sending righty Nathan Eovaldi to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 5:09 pm ET.