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George Springer suffers setback, out two more weeks

Aug 12, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

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Astros outfielder George Springer was supposed to return soon from a quadriceps injury, but the rookie slugger suffered a setback during his minor-league rehab assignment and now Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he’ll miss two more weeks.

Springer has been out since July 19, bringing to a halt an impressive rookie campaign in which the 24-year-old got off to a slow start and then smacked 20 homers in the span of 59 games.

In his absence the Astros have used Robbie Grossman as their primary right fielder and he’s gotten on base at a .390 clip despite not hitting much overall.

  1. wledlund - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Why do they keep rushing this guy back? To keep pace for third in the AL west?

  2. Bob - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Good question. They should shut him down for the rest of the year, especially since he is as fragile as a piece of porcelain. He’s also missed time this year for knee issues. Astros need to teach him a new way to train in the offseason.

    • stex52 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      You are probably reading too much in. He ran into a wall. They need to talk to him about the kamikaze style, more than I would be worried about his fragility.

  3. jkaflagg - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Who says they are rushing him back ? He was out for several weeks, went on a minor league rehab, tweaked the injury and now has been set back again….pretty standard. And since he is the best player on the team and an important factor in trying to win games, well….people are interested in when he might play again.

    In the three plus seasons Springer spent in the minors I can only recall him missing time when he got hit in the head with a pitch….seemed pretty durable. I’ll admit he seems to have had a lot of Energizer Bunny in him since reaching Houston….fun to watch but scary to the fans who have so much invested in him. I’m pretty sure he’ll tone it down as he becomes more comfortable, and I’m sure the Astros will be conservative with him.

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