Altuve vows to be ‘120 percent’ for spring training

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said Sunday he expects to be fully recovered from knee surgery when the Houston Astros report to spring training in February.Wearing a brace on his right leg but walking under his own power, Altuve addressed the media for the first time since undergoing surgery Oct. 19 to repair a patella avulsion fracture in his right knee.”We have a lot of time before spring training,” he told reporters at Minute Maid Park in Houston, where he was attending a private fan event. “We’re not doing a lot. The only thing they told me is we’re going to be 120 percent for the first day of spring training, and that’s what really matters.”Altuve, 28, was hurt sliding into second base at Colorado in July and struggled with the knee for the rest of the season.The six-time All-Star and 2017 American League MVP batted .276 with four homers and 15 RBIs in his final 127 regular season at-bats after coming off the disabled list.