Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was hit by a pitch during Saturday's WBC game between Venezuela and the USA, which put a scare into Astros fans, and caused him to exit the game.
Now we're hearing Altuve with have to miss some time and won't be ready to start the season.
Bob Nightengale is reporting that the pitch broke Altuve's right thumb and he is expected to miss 8–10 weeks.
The Astros have not given an official update on the specifics of the injury.
Editor's note: The Astros have now given an update on Altuve's injury. He has a fractured thumb and will have surgery soon.