Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said Saturday he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, which is why he and four of his teammates were placed on the injured list on April 14. Altuve wasn’t sure how he got the virus, but he was cleared to return to Minute Maid Park on Friday to resume working out with the club.
Astros manager Dusty Baker said it will take a few days for Altuve to be able to get back into baseball shape to return to the lineup. Altuve said he feels good physically and appears to have put the virus behind him, though he didn't say if he had suffered any symptoms. Altuve had to stay away from the club for 10 days before being cleared by Major League Baseball.
“It’s very difficult just to watch the guys play on TV and not be able to be there with them like I normally am,” said Altuve, who had received the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. “Like I said, I’m happy to be back here.”
Baker aims to get Altuve back in the lineup next week. Altuve can work out with the team before games at Minute Maid Park but can’t stay for the game until he’s activated.