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Houston’s Altuve waits to return after positive COVID-19 test

UNDATED (AP) — Houston second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) says he tested positive for COVID-19 but he never felt bad and hopes to return to the lineup soon.

The 2017 AL MVP was among five Astros who were placed on the COVID-19 list on April 14. The other four players returned to the roster within a few days, but Altuve remained on the list until Friday. He still hasn’t been added to the active roster, and it’s unclear how much time he’ll need before that happens.

Altuve says he received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine before testing positive, and that he has no idea how he contracted the virus.

In other MLB news:

— Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) is returning to Milwaukee for an MRI on his strained lower back. The 2018 NL MVP had been eligible to be activated from the injured list for this weekend’s series with the Chicago Cubs. Manager Craig Counsell says that Yelich hit a “plateau” in his recovery. The Brewers also said they placed pitchers Brett Anderson and Josh Lindblom on the injured list. Right-hander Phil Bickford and outfielder Corey Ray were recalled from the team’s alternate site.