The Houston Astros have placed Jose Altuve on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother and have called up infielder Jake Elmore to take his place on the roster, reports Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. Altuve must sit out a minimum of three games and can miss as many as seven.
Altuve, 23, is off to another solid start for the Astros this year. The vertically challenged second baseman is batting .333/.371/.444 with two home runs in 167 plate appearances, and will likely be Houston's representative on the All-Star team for the second straight year.
Altuve was party to a scary moment in Monday night's game, when he collided with outfielder Jimmy Paredes while chasing down a pop up in shallow right field during the second inning. The infielder partially dislocated his jaw and was removed from the game immediately. Even if he hadn't been placed on the bereavement list, his status for Tuesday's game would have been up in the air, though it likely would have held him out for just the one game.
Elmore, 25, was selected off of waivers from the Diamondbacks over the winter. He has just 30 games of MLB experience -- all of which came last season with Arizona -- but is off to an Altuve-esque start the Astros' Triple-A affiliate. The middle infielder is batting .300/.381/.457 with a pair of homers in 160 plate appearances.