Houston Astros All-Star slugger Yordan Alvarez is rushed to hospital during game against Atlanta after stadium FIREWORKS made him short of breath… as coaches describe ‘scary moment’ when he walked off field
- The Houston Astros were defeated 2-6 at the Atlanta Braves on Friday night
- Yordan Alvarez exited the game on his own in the bottom of the fifth
- The leftfielder was short of breath and was made worse by the smoke
- Dusty Baker said no one in the Astros dugout knew Alvarez was in distress
Astros fielder Yordan Alvarez was hospitalized during Friday night’s game against Atlanta due to shortness of breath exacerbated by the Braves’ fireworks, Houston manager Dusty Baker said.
Alvarez exited the game under his own power with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. There was a pause in the action when Braves rookie Vaughn Grissom made a foul with a ball of his foot and was attended to by a trainer.
At that time, Alvarez, who is hitting .295 with 31 homeruns and 77 RBI’s, made his breakthrough for the Houston dugout.
“It’s being analyzed by the doctors,” Baker said. “They said all his vital signs are good. He feels normal, but he still needs to see our doctor.
“He was just, he was short of breath, and when they fired the fireworks, the smoke made it worse.
“I’m glad we got him out when we did because I looked up and he was in the dugout and it was quite a scary moment because it could be anything but they said it’s right now well with him.’
Astros leftfielder Yordan Alvarez was hospitalized for shortness of breath
Baker said no one in the Astros dugout knew that Alvarez, an AL All-Star this year and the 2019 Rookie of the Year, was in any distress.
“We didn’t see anything,” Baker said. “I was just looking in the dugout and he was there. Then we had to call the emergency room to find out what was going on and then the emergency services came over and took him to the hospital.”
Losing Alvarez, who takes first place in AL-on-base percentage and second in home runs, slugging percentage, OPS and runs, would be a big blow to Houston. The AL-leading Astros are 77-44 and ready for another deep run after the season.
They lost in the Atlanta World Series last year.
“He’s a big, big part of this team,” Baker said. “He’s our big boy in the middle, so we don’t think about losing him. We’re thinking about getting him back and hopefully he’ll be okay tomorrow.”
Alvarez left the game on his own after fireworks exacerbated a breathing problem
Houston manager Dusty Baker said no one in the Astros dugout knew Alvarez was in distress
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