Team Venezuela lost 2nd baseman Jose Altuve throughout the 5th inning of Saturday night’s quarterfinal versus the United States when a 95.9 miles per hour Daniel Bard fastball struck the eight-time All-Star on his right-hand man. Details on the intensity of Altuve’s injury were not right away readily available, however he was assessed after leaving the video game quickly after going back to his feet after the HBP, which filled the bases. The Astros will supply an upgrade on Sunday.
Altuve, entering his 13th season with the Astros, is a profession .307/.362/.468 player and previous AL MVP. Venezuela was routing, 5-3, at the time of Altuve’s injury however rallied later on in the frame to eliminate the deficit. The winner of Saturday’s clash will advance to deal with Cuba in Sunday night’s World Baseball Classic semifinal at loanDepot park (7 p.m. ET on FS1).