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Marisnick (groin) to miss multiple weeks

Tucker ready for second stint in Majors; Altuve has rehab delayed
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HOUSTON -- Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick is expected to miss multiple weeks, manager AJ Hinch said Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Marisnick abruptly exited Friday's game with a groin injury and was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.

Marisnick said he received an MRI following the injury he sustained while sprinting out of the batter's box on a seventh-inning double to left field against the Mariners.

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HOUSTON -- Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick is expected to miss multiple weeks, manager AJ Hinch said Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Marisnick abruptly exited Friday's game with a groin injury and was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.

Marisnick said he received an MRI following the injury he sustained while sprinting out of the batter's box on a seventh-inning double to left field against the Mariners.

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"Jake's going to be out a little bit," Hinch said. "He's going to play again. Whether that's a couple weeks or three weeks, we're not going to know. It's less likely that he's going to play until towards the end of the month or going into next month in September when rosters expand. He's not [going to be] able at least for the next few weeks."

The Astros recalled Kyle Tucker to take Marisnick's place on Saturday after eight confidence-boosting games with Triple-A Fresno earlier this month. In his first stint in the Majors, Tucker, the club's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, posted a .156 average in 16 games and 50 plate appearances.

Tucker was demoted to Triple-A on Aug. 1, and in eight games, he slashed .382 and had a 1.093 OPS during a 13-for-34 stretch at the plate with Fresno. Admittedly, Tucker, who hit three home runs with eight RBIs in his latest Minor League stint, says the transition to settling into the big leagues has taken time.

"It's a little different," Tucker said. "Everyone here is older, more mature. They take it a lot more seriously. They come out here and try to win every single game and, you know, have fun doing it.

"Once you've been here for a little bit, you kind of get accustomed to what everyday life is up here. Being around the guys, going back down and coming back up, I already know what to expect."

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Worth noting
• Reigning American League Most Valuable Player Jose Altuve had his recovery process delayed again on Sunday. The Astros hoped to "test" Altuve's ability to run this weekend, but that didn't happen and he was limited to rehab exercises inside the Astros clubhouse. The Astros are unsure when Altuve will be able to resume on-field work, and there's growing concern for Altuve's knee injury, which was originally thought to be minor but has held him out since July 25.

"I was pretty concerned the first day that he couldn't play," Hinch said. "Of course, we want him back as soon as possible. The daily question, the daily curiosity, remains the same until he does more activity. We hope he can pick up soon. Maybe it's smart, maybe it's not. We'll figure it out."

• Reliever Chris Devenski (left hamstring) threw his second bullpen session Sunday at Minute Maid Park and "felt great," Hinch said. The Astros are planning to send Devenski out on a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as next week.

• Catcher Brian McCann, who has not played since June 30 after midseason knee surgery in July, went through all phases of his rehab progression on Sunday. McCann is targeted for a Minor League rehab assignment next week, possibly joining Devenski when the Astros depart for a nine-game road trip, which starts on Thursday.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

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