Astros’ Alvarez exits game vs. Blue Jays with right oblique discomfort

Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez watches his two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning in Game 2 of an American League Division Series baseball game in Houston, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Houston Astros star Yordan Alvarez exited in the third inning of Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays because of right oblique discomfort.

Corey Julks pinch-hit for the designated hitter in the third inning.

An all-star last year, Alvarez leads the majors with 55 RBI this year.

He is slashing .274/.386/.582 with 17 home runs this season.

Alvarez said he first felt sore when hitting in the cage before the game, and felt pain again when he swung and missed at the first two pitches in his lone at bat.

“We’ll evaluate him tomorrow,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said after the 3-2 loss. “That’s a tough blow right there. We’ve just got to regroup and try to figure out how we’re going to win some ballgames and get through this.”

— With files from AP

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