Astros’ Alex Bregman Sidelined with Injury After Hit by Pitch

• Associated PressJun 5, 2024, 01:33 PM ETHOUSTON — The Houston Astros faced a setback as third baseman Alex Bregman was forced to sit out of Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals due to a sore left hand. This injury occurred after Bregman was hit by a pitch during Tuesday night’s game, where he initially attempted to tough it out but was eventually pulled from the lineup. X-rays revealed no serious damage, but the discomfort was enough to sideline him for the following game.

The Astros were already dealing with the absence of right fielder Kyle Tucker, who was also out due to an injury sustained in a previous game. With two key players missing, manager Joe Espada had to make adjustments to the lineup, shifting Mauricio Dubón to third base and Jake Meyers taking over in center field.

Bregman had been a crucial part of Houston’s recent offensive success, hitting an impressive five home runs in the past eight games. His absence will undoubtedly be felt, but the team remains hopeful for his speedy recovery, aiming for his return in the upcoming games. Meanwhile, Tucker’s status remains day-to-day, with the Astros optimistic about his potential comeback later in the week.