Astros' Yordan Alvarez to Have Surgery on Knee Injury, Will Miss Rest of Season

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2020

Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez watches his three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Yordan Alvarez's season is over after two games, as Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker announced Wednesday that the slugger would undergo surgery next week to repair a partial tear of the patella tendon in his right knee.

The news shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Baker had revealed earlier in the day that Alvarez's status for the remainder of the season was in doubt.

"It looks like he's done, maybe for the year," Baker told Ross Villarreal of SportsTalk 790.

Alvarez didn't make his season debut until Friday after spending nearly a month on the injured list. The designated hitter appeared in two games, going 2-for-8 with one home run and four runs batted in.

Knee issues plagued Alvarez during his rookie season, and Baker said they date back to his time in the minors.

"I asked [Alvarez] when did he start having these problems, and he said back in Double-A," Baker told reporters Monday. "Most of the time when you have knee problems, they don't subside very quickly. And when they do, they have a history of coming back."

The 23-year-old Cuban won the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year award, hitting .313/.412/.655 with 27 home runs and 78 RBI in only 87 games. The DH spot has been a revolving door for most of the 2020 season for Houston. Abraham Toro has been getting at-bats at the position of late.