HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The Astros have placed second baseman Jose Altuve on the injured list with a right knee sprain.
Altuve’s stint on the injured list is retroactive to Friday, Sept. 4.
Altuve awkwardly attempted to slide into third base Thursday in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park.
Astros manager Dusty Baker said Friday they would try to avoid putting Altuve on the injured list, but the move was announced Saturday.
Pitchers Jose Urquidy and Brad Peacock were also activated from the injured list Saturday.
Urquidy had missed camp after testing positive for COVID-19 and said it took 35 days in self-isolation before he could register the necessary negative tests. He has been training at the Astros’ alternate site in Corpus Christi since August.
Urquidy is scheduled to start the second game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday evening.
Peacock had been on the injured list since July with right shoulder soreness.
Both pitchers are expected to add experience and depth to a pitching staff led largely by rookies and younger players.
The Astros added right-handed pitcher Humberto Castellanos to the Major League roster as the 29th man for Saturday’s doubleheader.
Left-handed pitcher Cionel Perez was optioned to the team’s taxi squad after Friday night’s game.
Righty Rogelio Armenteros was transferred to the 45-day injured list.