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Astros' slugger Yordan Alvarez placed on 10-day injured list

Alvarez left Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after his first at-bat.
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Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez celebrates his three-run home run during the sixth inning in Game sixth of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros placed outfielder Yordan Alvarez on the 10-day injured list due to discomfort in his right oblique, the team announced on Friday.

It's his seventh career IL stint.

Alvarez left Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after his first at-bat. He grounded out to first base in the first inning and was replaced at DH by Corey Julks when his turn came up again in the third. 

“It’s not easy to figure it out, but we’ll make adjustments,” manager Dusty Baker said before the Astros’ game against the Cleveland Guardians. “You don’t have a choice, you just have to go forward.”

The 25-year-old outfielder returned to Houston for additional evaluation. Alvarez is hitting .272 with 17 homers in 57 games.

Mauricio Dubón filled in for Alvarez in left field as Houston opened a three-game series at Cleveland.  

This comes during an injury-heavy season for the Astros.

Second-baseman Jose Altuve suffered a minor oblique injury at the start of June, missing out a few games shortly after he returned from a previous thumb injury he got during the World Baseball Classic.

Pitcher Luis Garcia underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in mid-May and is expected to miss the rest of the 2023 season. He's not expected to return until sometime during the 2024 season.

Five-time All-Star Michael Brantley started rehab with the Sugar Land Space Cowboys in mid-April after undergoing shoulder surgery but had a setback less than a month later. The team said Brantley is out indefinitely.

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