Jose Altuve leaves game with subluxed jaw

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Altuve, being tended to by an athletic trainer after his injury. (USATSI)

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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.

With Altuve out of the lineup, the Astros are going forward with Marwin Gonzalez at second and Ronny Cedeno at short.

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.

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