ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -ST. PETERSBURG, FL. Astros slugger Yordan alvarez returned to Houston due to neck pain, Houston manager Dusty Baker announced prior to playing against Tampa Bay Rays.

He stated that Alvarez has been suffering from the issue for a little over a week.

“We have decided to send him to be examined,” Baker said. “Hopefully the results aren’t too serious. So, we’ll see.”

Baker hopes that Alvarez is able to avoid being placed on the injured’s list.

“We do not think so,” 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. He hit a pair of late-go-ahead homers during the first two contests of the Astros victory over Atlanta’s Atlanta Braves. Alvarez is the only player to have eight multi-RBI games, threw an important game-winning two-run hit in the eighth game’s final inning.

Baker said that it’s not been decided if Alvarez will be playing again to play the last two games in the series against the Rays.