The Astros have placed star outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez on the COVID-19 injured list, by Chandler Rome from the Houston Chronicle. It’s unclear if Alvarez has tested positive or if he’s just showing virus-like symptoms. Corner player Joe Perez was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his place on the active roster.
Alvarez hasn’t played since Sunday. He missed the Astros’ two-game set in Arizona this week due to an illness manager Dusty Baker called a stomach bug. He will obviously miss at least Friday night’s game against the Mariners, the extent of his absence depending on whether he tests positive.
Under 2022 league health and safety protocols, players who test positive are subject to a 10-day absence from the club, but it is possible to be reinstated in less time if the player has spent 24 hours. or more without a fever, received a pair of negative PCR tests, and received approval from a team physician and the joint MLB/MLBPA committee (a panel of a league-appointed physician and a league-appointed physician the syndicate). If Alvarez “just” treats the symptoms, he might come back sooner.
Alvarez, of course, is one of the best offensive players in the game. The 24-year-old slugger is coming off a .277/.346/.531 showing with 33 homers in 598 plate appearances. He hasn’t gotten off to a good start this year, tallying two hits and three walks on 17 trips to the flat in four games.