Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday following the death of his grandmother. Players must stay on the list for a minimum of three days and are allowed a maximum of seven. The Astros called up infielder Jake Elmore from Class AAA Oklahoma City to replace Altuve. Elmore, 25, is primarily a second baseman but can play third and shortstop. The Astros used Marwin Gonzalez at second and Ronny Cedeno at short Monday during a 7-2 loss to the Tigers. Altuve left the game in the second inning after suffering a partial dislocation of his right jaw following an outfield collision with right fielder Jimmy Paredes. Altuve was questionable for Tuesday’s game but said postgame Monday he hoped to play. Altuve, 23, has been the Astros’ best player this season and is on pace for another All-Star selection. He’s tied for third in MLB in hits (51) and tied for eighth in batting average (.333). Elmore was batting .300 with 10 doubles, 15 RBIs, 20 runs, eight stolen bases and a .381 OBP for OKC. He played 30 games for Arizona in 2012, hitting .191 with a .497 OPS.
Astros’ Jose Altuve on bereavement list, out 3-7 days; Jake Elmore called up
Houston Chronicle | May 14