Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (left) and second baseman Jose Altuve (27) hug after the team beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 in a baseball game on Thursday April 8, 2021 in Houston . (AP Photo / Michael Wyke)
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve said Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 but never felt bad and hopes to get back to the line-up soon.
“I’ve felt very good all the way and I feel really good now,” he said. “And I’m happy to be back here.”
The AL MVP 2017 was one of five Astros added to the COVID-19 list on April 14th. The four other players returned to the list within a few days, but Altuve stayed on the list until Friday.
Altuve has not yet been added to the active roster and it is unclear how much time it will take him to do so.
Altuve said Saturday that he received the first dose of one of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines before testing positive and that he had no idea how he got infected with the virus.
“It doesn’t matter if you got the vaccine or not, it’s not good to find out that you tested positive,” he said. “Nobody wants to get that. You also have to stay away from the team for 10 days. So I was just ready for those 10 days to be over and get back on the field and play. “
Altuve got off to a strong start into 2021 after last season’s campaign, which was cut short by the pandemic, had a bad year. He hits .318 in 11 games with one homer, three doubles, and five RBIs. He can hardly wait to be back in the line-up after a long absence.
“It was very difficult just to watch the guys play on TV and not be able to be with them like I usually do,” he said.
He was able to do cardio and strength training outside of the team and is now working on baseball activities as he nears his return.
“I think running is the most important thing to me and then swinging,” he said. “If I feel good about running and swinging, I can go out there and play a game.”