Altuve feels better than expected after leaving Monday's game

A strained left hamstring forced Jose Altuve to leave Monday's game against the Angels in the eighth inning
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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- About an hour after he was helped off the Minute Maid Park field, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said his strained left hamstring was feeling better, but admitted it was too early to say when he might return to action.

Altuve suffered the injury while legging out an infield single in the eighth inning of the Astros 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. After slamming his helmet on the ground, he was helped off the field by assistant athletic trainer Eric Velazquez and first base coach Omar Lopez.

"I'm actually feeling better than I expected," Altuve said, "but we'll see tomorrow."

Astros manager Dusty Baker said Altuve is day-to-day and will be examined Tuesday, though he did not know if that would include an MRI.

"You never want to get hurt playing," Altuve said. "It's something I take pride in, to stay on the field. Obviously, I don't want to come out of the game, but it is what it is."

Altuve's eighth inning single was his only hit on Monday night. He's batting .167 through the Astros first 10 games of the season with a .518 OPS.

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