Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 16
The Houston Astros confirmed that George Springer will not return this season:
Tom Lawless announced OF George Springer has been shut down for the rest of the season. #Astros— Houston Astros (@astros) September 16, 2014
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com provided the reasoning behind shutting Springer down:
Astros made decision in conjunction with trainers and Springer with hopes of him playing 162 games next year.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 16, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
The Houston Astros provide an update on George Springer's recovery:
Springer update: re-aggravated injury and will be shut down for 2 weeks. #Astros— Houston Astros (@astros) August 12, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported the latest on George Springer's potential return to the Astros:
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said George Springer is "days" away from returning to lineup.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 11, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
MLB.com's Brian McTaggart has the latest on Springer:
One day after rookie outfielder George Springer was forced to leave his rehab outing at Class A Quad Cities after tweaking an injury to his left quad, Astros manager Bo Porter on Thursday categorized the issue as minor.
"He was going to have a day off regardless," Porter said before Thursday's series finale vs. the Phillies. "Obviously, with him having to come out of the game yesterday, we'll send him through a workout [Friday] and see how he recovers, and if he doesn't have any setbacks, we'll make a decision at that point whether to activate him or give him more time."
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
George Springer had a setback in a rehab assignment according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle:
Springer heading back to Houston. Tweaked quad running on double in Iowa— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) August 7, 2014
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com detailed when Springer got hurt:
Springer doubled in first, walked in fourth and was lifted for pinch-hitter in fifth.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 7, 2014
Springer was previously extremely close to returning to the Astros lineup according to McTaggart:
If he doesn't play Thursday, it's likely Springer would be activated for Friday's game against the Rangers in Houston, assuming he doesn't have any setbacks.
Springer, on the disabled list since July 20 with a left quad strain, was scheduled to play seven innings in the field on Wednesday night for Class A Quad Cities in the third game of his Minor League rehab assignment. He started in right field for the first time Tuesday and was 0-for-2 after serving as designated hitter on Monday in his first rehab game.
"We'll have a good indication of how he recovered from back to back days [in the field] and we'll be able to make a decision from there," Porter said. "Maybe we'll have him off Thursday and have him ready to go on Friday."
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 3
Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reported on George Springer's rehab:
George Springer to rehab in Quad Cities starting tomorrow— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) August 3, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 29
Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston has the latest on George Springer's recovery from a quad injury:
George Springer takes 1st batting practice since going on DL: "It's big. Also:"Not trying to be a hero and do too much" could play next Tues— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 29, 2014
It would be hard to have a worse week than the Houston Astros, who are now going to be without their best player for at least the next two weeks.
Rookie center fielder George Springer was placed on the disabled list with a strained left quad, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle:
Springer injury is actually to the left quad. Astros have corrected their previous announcements.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) July 23, 2014
Springer sat out games on Sunday and Tuesday because the leg was bothering him, but Astros manager Bo Porter told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com Tuesday he didn't think a DL stint was in the works:
As time goes on, the information we get each and every day will allow us to make that decision as we move forward. When you look at the 15-day DL, you have to ask yourself, 'Is he not going to play within the next 15 days?' And we're not at that point right now.
The information changed at some point in the next 24 hours, leaving Houston with a void in center field.
Since debuting in Houston on April 16, Springer has hit 20 home runs with a .231/.336/.468 slash line in 295 at-bats. He does strike out a ton—an AL-leading 114 times in 78 games—but makes up for it with the power and ability to draw walks (39).
Springer's 20 homers and 51 RBI rank second among AL rookies, behind Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.
The Astros have endured a long rebuilding process that has produced a lot of talent in the minors, but Springer's and Jonathan Singleton's debuts this season were the first indication of what the future can look like in Houston.
The franchise took a huge hit on July 18 when it failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken and had to back out of a deal with fifth-round pick Jacob Nix after losing the slot money for the top pick.
While Springer's presence on the field doesn't make up for the sting of losing the No. 1 overall pick and a high-upside arm such as Nix, he was one of the few players who made the Astros interesting to watch.
Now, while the injury certainly doesn't sound serious, Springer does miss precious time that would allow him to continue developing as a hitter and reduce that alarming swing-and-miss rate.
Times are tough in Houston for fans of baseball. Springer's absence doesn't make things any easier.
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