After finishing with a pair of doubles in a simulated game at the Astros alternative training site in Corpus Christi, Dusty Baker says Yordan Alvarez is getting closer to being able to rejoin his team.
"He's making great progress," Baker said Sunday before the Astros series finale in Oakland. "He'll say he's ready, but I'm going on the opinion of whoever's down there. We're in constant contact with the (coaches) down there to give us their opinion."
Alvarez missed the entirety of the Astros three-week, preseason summer camp for undisclosed reasons and has been working out at Whataburger field since the first weekend of the season, but even with the Astros offense struggling during their current 4-game losing skid, Baker says they won't rush the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year back to the big leagues.
"He hasn't been hitting that long, and he hasn't been running that long, so the fact that he hasn't been hitting that long you don't want to do anything to hurt his legs. You don't want him to do anything to hurt his obliques because you're not used to rotating, and so I really don't know how long it's going to be or how long it's going to take. I'd like to give you a date or time, but I really can't."