As if the Astros needed more bad news, their best position player is now dealing with a partially dislocated jaw.
In the second inning Monday night in Detroit, All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve collided with right fielder Jimmy Paredes as the two pursued a fly ball down the right field line (MLB.com has the video). Paredes' right shoulder appeared to catch Altuve right in the chin. And the result, according to the Astros, was a subluxed jaw for Altuve, which means he partially dislocated it.
No further information, such as how much time Altuve will miss, was immediately available.
Altuve, 23, is hitting .333/.371/.444 with nine doubles, a triple, two homers and 18 RBI this season for the Astros. The Astros entered Monday night at 10-28 and were hitting .248 with a .306 on-base percentage. Needless to say, a lineup without Altuve makes them even worse than they already were.