DeFrancesco plans to give Altuve some rest

DeFrancesco plans to give Altuve some rest

DeFrancesco plans to give Altuve some rest
HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve leads all National League second basemen in hits (143) and stolen bases (25). He is second in batting (.295), second in doubles (31) and fourth in runs scored (70).

He has played in 123 of 132 games, and with stats like those, it's difficult to get him some rest. But in the last 10 games, he is just 7-for-38.

Altuve was not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

"He's fine," interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said of Altuve's health. "He's been playing a lot. Last year [he had] over 500 at-bats. I don't want to see him fade in September.

"So now, with some day games, we'll try to get him some time off. He's been going hard all season. So it's that time of year. We're just trying to keep him fresh."