The Astra Altuve (hamstring) went to the 10-day IL

HOUSTON – Houston Astros star Jose Altuve heads to the 10-day disabled list after straining his left hamstring on Friday.

Manager AJ Hinch announced the move after the Astros defeated the Texas Rangers 11-4 on Saturday night.

The 2017 American League MVP was removed during the first inning of Friday's 3-0 win over the Rangers with discomfort after beating a single in the box. He did not play in Saturday's game.

Hinch said earlier Saturday that the injury might not be as serious as the team had originally feared, but that Altuve could still ignore the time. Hinch said the 29-year-old second baseman is "feeling good, not good."

He added: "[Altuve] I was in a good mood today when I met him and he did not think it was a big problem, but we will be very careful with this. "

In an unusually slow start to the season, Altuve is hitting .243 with nine homers and 21 RBIs. He has hit .162 (11 of 68) since April 19.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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