Bregman hit a blooper into right field in his second at-bat and grimaced in pain as he approached first base. He limped into second for a double and was immediately removed from the game and replaced by pinch-runner Abraham Toro.
“I felt it when I was running down the line to first base, right when I was about to make the turn to go to second,” Bregman said. “Just disappointed. I want to be out there every day playing with my guys. I was starting to feel pretty damn good, and I think right now just go with it day to day and see how it feels tomorrow.”
Bregman, who finished second to Mike Trout in the American League Most Valuable Player race last year, is slashing .313/.397/.563 in 17 games in August. His double extended his on-base streak to 40 games, which is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.
Hamstring injuries are nothing new for Bregman. He strained his right hamstring last April and missed two games. In September 2016 -- at the end of his rookie year -- he missed two weeks after straining his hamstring while running the bases.
“One time I came back in a few weeks, and one time I came back in two days,” he said. “It’s just disappointing because I put in so much work this offseason and this quarantine period, specifically, on my hamstring. Frustrating, but we’ve got a great medical team here and great trainers, and I’m going to do everything I can to be playing as soon as I possibly can.”
The injury to Bregman comes on the same day the Astros announced 2019 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner Yordan Alvarez would have right knee surgery and miss the rest of the season. Justin Verlander, the 2019 AL Cy Young Award winner, made one start this season before a right forearm strain shut him down.