“I felt very good all the way and I feel really good now,” said Altuve on Saturday. “And I’m happy to be here again.”
The AL MVP 2017 was one of five Astros added to the COVID-19 list on April 14th. The other four players returned to the list within a few days, but Altuve stayed on the list until Friday.
Altuve has not yet been added to the active roster and it is unclear how much time it will take him to do so.
Altuve said he received the first dose of one of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines before testing positive and that he had no idea how he contracted the virus.
“It doesn’t matter whether you got the vaccine or not, it’s not a good thing to find out that you tested positive,” Altuve said. “Nobody wants that. And on top of that, you have to stay away from the team for 10 days. So I was just ready for those 10 days to be over and get back on the field and play.” “”
Altuve got off to a strong start in 2021 after a year in last season’s pandemic-shortened campaign. He hits .318 in 11 games with one homer, three doubles, and five RBIs. He can hardly wait to be back in the line-up after a long absence.
“It was very difficult just to watch the guys play on TV and not be with them the way I usually do,” he said.
Altuve has been able to do cardio and strength training outside of the team and is currently working on baseball activities as he nears his return.
“I think running is the most important thing to me and then swinging,” he said. “If I feel good about running and swinging, I can go out and play a game.”