Houston Astros star Jose Altuve, who suffered a broken thumb 55 days ago, has returned to the field for the first time since the injury. The Astros, currently dealing with injuries to their starting pitching rotation, are in need of improved run production as they rank in the bottom third of the American League in runs scored. Altuve, a lifetime .307 hitter, will begin a rehab assignment with the Sugar Land Space Cowboys, the team’s Triple-A affiliate. This news has generated excitement among fans, leading to increased ticket demand for the game. Meanwhile, Astros leftfielder Michael Brantley has encountered a setback in his own shoulder rehab, and starting pitcher Luis Garcia will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his season.
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