Astros slugger Yordan Varez is taken not in the lineup due to neck discomfort KPRC Click2Houston

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Astros slugger Yordan Varez is taken not in the lineup due to neck discomfort KPRC Click2Houston

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez is back in Houston due to neck pain, Houston manager Dusty Baker made the announcement prior to the game on Monday night with the Tampa Bay Rays.

He stated that Alvarez has been suffering from the issue for approximately an entire week.

“We have decided to send him off to for an examination,” Baker said. “Hopefully that it’s nothing too difficult. So, we’ll see.”

Baker is optimistic that Alvarez is able to avoid being placed to the injured list.

“We aren’t sure,” Baker said. “We hope that it isn’t. We’ll have to wait and wait until he visits Dr.”

Alvarez hits .253 with seven homers and 27 RBIs. Alvarez hit go-ahead, late homers during the first two innings of the Astros victory over Atlanta’s Atlanta Braves. Alvarez who has had eight games with multiple RBIs, also hit an important game-winning two-run hit within the ninth inning on Sunday’s finale to the series.

Baker stated that it hasn’t been decided if Alvarez will be back during the two remaining games of the series against the Rays.

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