2023 has thus far not been very kind to Houston Astros superstar second baseman Jose Altuve.
Altuve returned to his top form in 2022 and helped lead the ‘Stros to another World Series championship.
He hoped to carry that over into the 2023 World Baseball Classic with his native Venuezela. But that’s where things took a turn.
Altuve was hit by a pitch during the WBC quarterfinals and fractured his thumb. The injury has kept him out of Houston’s first 32 games of the season.
Kristie Reiken of the Associated Press reports that there’s no timetable for his return.
“I think right now it’s hard to tell,” Altuve said when asked if he knows when he’ll return. “Anything is possible. I’m working really hard. I want to come back and help these guys to win, but we’ll see.
“I think the next two weeks are really important in my rehab.”
But that’s not all.
While on the injured list, Altuve also had $1 million worth of jewelry stolen from his Houston home on opening day.
Thankfully, Houston police found and arrested four culprits according CBS Sports’ Isabel Gonzalez.
“Patrick Maxey, Jordan Tarniella and William Jones Jr. were charged with burglary of a habitation. All of them are at least 25 years old. A fourth suspect, 20-year-old Jasmyn Hall, was charged with hindering apprehension and evading arrest while she allegedly tried to help Jones flee from officers on April 13,” Gonzalez reported.
Houston PD also tweeted out mugshots of the four culprits, who are now likely to be public enemy No. 1 in Houston.
ARRESTED: Booking photos of 4 suspects now charged with felony crimes for the March 30 burglary of Jose Altuve's residence.
Hedwig Village PD assisted in the case.
The suspects are Patrick Maxey, 27, Jordan Tarniella, 25, Jasmyn Hall, 20, and William Jones, Jr, 28. #hounews pic.twitter.com/Rsx950EVss
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) May 5, 2023
Court documents obtained by KHOU11 reportedly show that the burglars moved a potted plant on Altuve’s back porch and got in through a window of the Hedwig Village home around 8:28 p.m. that night.
They left about 10 minutes later with gold jewelry and 13 expensive watches, including Rolex, Piguet, Patek Phillipe and Richard Mille, according to court documents. One of them was worth $420,000.
Hopefully things start looking up for Altuve, because the first five months of 2023 have not gone his way at all.