Springer placed on DL with right quad strain
The Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a right quad strain. Marc Krauss has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Springer’s spot on the roster.
Springer didn’t play on Sunday in Chicago or in Tuesday’s series opener against the A’s because of what he described as “overall discomfort” in his right knee/quadriceps area. Astros manager Bo Porter said prior to Tuesday’s game Springer wasn’t to the point where he needed to go on the disabled list, but things obviously changed.
The Astros were already short-handed in the outfield with Dexter Fowler and Alex Presley both on the DL, but Krauss can play right field and left field as well as first base. Springer is hitting .231 with 20 homers and 51 RBIs through 78 games in his rookie season, putting him one homer shy of Lance Berkman’s club rookie record. He’s also struck out 114 times in 295 at-bats.
Krauss hit .173 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 39 games with the Astros earlier this year.