SEATTLE -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, said Wednesday he had a tough time talking about the trade to acquire Roberto Osuna, when so much is still unknown about the situation.Osuna, the All-Star closer, was acquired from the Blue Jays on
SEATTLE -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, said Wednesday he had a tough time talking about the trade to acquire Roberto Osuna, when so much is still unknown about the situation.
Osuna, the All-Star closer, was acquired from the Blue Jays on Monday. He's serving a 75-game suspension under the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy, which ends Saturday. He is also still facing domestic assault charges in Canada for alleged crimes against his girlfriend.
Altuve was one of the players president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow called to discuss Osuna prior to making the trade as part of what Luhnow called "unprecedented" due diligence. The reliever is scheduled to join the Astros on Sunday in Los Angeles.
"Obviously, he's under investigation, I think," Altuve said. "We don't know what happened. We don't know what actually happened, so it's really hard for me to get behind a mic and a camera and just fire up a guy when I don't have an idea of what really happened. Sometimes when things like that happen, you are so focused on the game you don't pay attention.
"He's one of our teammates, so now you have to be paying attention to the details. He's going to be here sometime soon -- I don't know when -- and after that happens we're hoping to find out what happened. We're a team, so everything we do we're going to be on the same page."
Altuve has been out a week with a sore right knee, and Hinch said he hopes he can ramp up baseball activities this weekend in Los Angeles. That will include some running and some hitting.
"We've been doing some things in the training room that have been helping me a lot," Altuve said. "We've been careful and smart about it, and hopefully we're going to be ready pretty soon."
Correa set for rehab assignment
Star shortstop Carlos Correa left the team Wednesday morning in Seattle after working out at Safeco Field. He's headed to Frisco, Texas, to meet up with the team's Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi and begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Correa has been out since June 25 with a sore back and is now pain-free.
"First of all, I feel great," Correa said. "My body feels amazing. It feels the best it's ever felt and I'm ready to go out there on a rehab assignment and hopefully join the team soon and contribute."
Correa said he will start at shortstop Thursday for Corpus Christi and play seven innings. There is no timetable for the rehab assignment, and Correa will have some days off while he's with the Hooks.
"We'll re-evaluate him over the weekend," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "I don't know if it's going to take five days, seven days, 10 days, but we've got to watch him every day to see where his readiness is, to see where he is cardio-wise as he starts to get back on the field playing.
"The downside of the back soreness that he's had, is he hasn't done a ton as an athlete. He hasn't run a ton, he hasn't been on base three or four times. He hasn't been on his feet for nine straight innings -- things that should come back to him quickly, but we have to go through the process to get him ready."
Springer held out of starting lineup
All-Star outfielder George Springer, who was removed in the second inning of Tuesday's win with left shoulder soreness, wasn't in the lineup Wednesday, but was available to play. In fact, Hinch said a shirtless Springer did jumping jacks in his office after Tuesday's game to prove to him his shoulder hadn't lost any range of motion.
Springer was reassessed Wednesday morning at the team's Downtown Seattle hotel, and it was deemed a disabled list stint wasn't needed.
"He's feeling much better," Hinch said. "He's probably available, but given the day game after the night game and the off-day [Thursday], we're going to hold him out. Certainly, the greatest news that we could have given the thought that when he came off the field and hurt his shoulder."
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.