WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Astros All-Star slugger Yordan Alvarez received’t be capable of take reside batting apply throughout the early days of Spring Coaching whereas coping with a sore left hand that was a recurring challenge final yr. Alvarez stated Tuesday the harm flared up within the offseason and he’ll want a number of extra days earlier than having the ability to face pitchers.
“I got here into camp, and I spoke with the crew,” he stated. “It’s going to be one thing we’re going to watch. I felt a little bit little bit of discomfort, however it’s one thing we’re going to work on. I’m going to take the subsequent couple of days off right here like I did within the offseason to arrange, however it’s not going to be one thing that’s going to be a difficulty throughout the season.”
Alvarez was on the injured listing final July with proper hand irritation and wound up hitting .306 with 37 homers and 97 RBIs within the common season, ending in third in American League MVP voting. Within the playoffs, he hit three go-ahead homers, together with a three-run shot in Sport 6 of the World Sequence that despatched the Astros to victory.
The Astros definitely received’t rush Alvarez into motion contemplating Tuesday was the primary full-squad exercise and there are greater than 5 weeks remaining earlier than the beginning of the season.
“The simple resolution for that’s simply relaxation,” he stated. “Clearly, I exploit my fingers each day on the ballpark, however relaxation could be the most important factor.”
Alvarez hopes to have the ability to face pitching in a few days.
“I spoke to the employees, and we determined it’s higher to lose a few days proper now than throughout the season,” he stated.
The slugger stated the most important factor he targeted on within the offseason was strengthening his legs in anticipation of enjoying extra left discipline this yr Final yr, he began 77 video games at designated hitter and 56 in left within the common season.
“I do know that this yr I’m going to play the outfield much more, so I labored on my legs to be in higher form,” he stated.