The Astros will be without rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña for at least seven more games and probably a bit longer after he was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. The Astros recalled utility player J.J. Matijevic to take Peña’s roster spot.
Peña hurt his thumb when he dove for a ball in Monday’s loss to the Rangers. He finished the game, but flew back to Houston the next day to get the thumb further evaluated. On Wednesday, Astros manager Dusty Baker said an MRI revealed no serious damage to the thumb, but Peña is unable to swing a bat at the moment.
The Astros are off Thursday before a three-game home series against the White Sox and off again Monday ahead of a two-game series against the Mets at Minute Maid Park. The Astros head to New York for a four-game series with the Yankees, starting Thursday, June 23. Peña would be eligible to come off the injured list June 24. Of course, his stay on the injured list could be extended depending on how it progresses and when he’s able to take swings again.
The 24-year-old Peña is hitting .277 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 54 games. His 2.8 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is second on the team behind Kyle Tucker and seventh in the American League among position players.
Matijevic went hitless in five at-bats in a brief stop with the Astros when Jose Altuve tweaked his hamstring early in the season. The 26-year-old is hitting .313 with 12 home runs and 35 RBIs in 39 games at Class AAA Sugar Land.