Houston Astros Get Concerning Update On Yordan Alvarez

The Houston Astros are in a bit of trouble. Losers of six of their last eight games and four back in the loss column in the NL West, they'll be without their all-world slugger Yordan Alvarez for even longer than anticipated. 

Alvarez went on the injured list last Friday with an oblique injury, and today, GM Dana Brown came out and revealed that he'll be out for at least four more weeks. 

“It’s going to take at least two weeks for us to get a feel for how it’s healing,” said Brown on SportsTalk 790 AM. “You take those two weeks and then another week to figure out when he starts to have some activity, and OK, how’s his body responding? That’s three weeks right there. You’re looking at, once he’s starting to swing a bat, maybe it’s four weeks or so.”

Brown added that the Astros will be super cautious with their All-Star slugger and not rush him back. Obliques are very tricky injuries; they don't want a situation where he could re-injure it if he comes back to soon. "I don't want to put a timeline on this."

Alvarez's loss from the lineup is a massive void, needless to say. When he went down, he was leading the majors with 55 RBIs, along with 17 HR, and a .978 OPS.

The Astros are currently replacing him in the lineup with the likes of Mauricio Dubon, Corey Julks and Yainer Diaz. 

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