Springer suffers setback, out two more weeks
Astros rookie outfielder George Springer suffered a setback in his return from a left quad strain and won’t be allowed to perform any baseball-related drills for two more weeks, the team said Tuesday.
Springer played three games on a Minor League rehab last week in Class A Quad Cities and tweaked the quad running the bases. He returned to Houston and has been working out with the team, but met with a doctor Monday night at Minute Maid Park after not progressing enough.
“We weren’t sure if it was going to be a thing that he could work through quickly, but after the doctor saw him last night, he made the determination he needs to take some time off and let it heal,” Luhnow said. “It’s unfortunate because we felt like he was a couple of days away from rejoining our team and clearly is a missed presence in lineup and in the outfield. We’re going to have to wait until he’s completely healthy. We don’t want to take anymore risks.”
The Astros are getting outfielder Dexter Fowler back in the lineup after he completed a rehab from an intercostal injury. He’ll be in the lineup Wednesday.
Springer made his much anticipated Major League debut in mid-April and took off in May, being named American League Rookie of the Month. He’s played in 78 games and is hitting .231 with a 20 homers, 51 RBIs and a .336 on-base percentage.
“It’s tough just because I’m a competitor and I want to go out there and help the team, but I’ve got to get healthy and see what happens,” he said. “I want to go out there and compete with these guys and be able to help and not be a cheerleader. I want to be able to play, but you’ve got to be smart.”
Springer remains confident he’ll get on the field again this year.
“That’s the ultimate goal is to get back out there,” he said. “I’ll get stronger and keep doing what I’ve got to do in order to play.”
Luhnow believes Springer will play most of September.
“This type of injury, he should be able to come back from,” he said. “Obviously, we’re going to be very cautious with bringing him back, but we still have plenty of time. I expect he’ll play the month of September here.”
George Springer says he’s “one-day closer” to returning to action. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Springer is “days” away from returning. All we know for sure is Springer continues to progress from a quad injury that’s kept him in the disabled list since July 20, but the timetable for his return remains unclear. <p>
Springer continues to take batting practice, but won’t be activated until he can run full speed. <p>
“You’ve got to be able to see what your body can handle and what it can’t, but at the same time you don’t want to overdo it and set yourself back,” he said. “You have to walk that thin line and be smart.” <p>
Luhnow said running remains the final hurdle for the rookie slugger. <p>
“It’s more running full speed and having to stop and change directions and those sort of things, which you have to do as an outfielder rand a base runner,” Luhnow said. “Those are the things you really don’t get fully tested until you’re in a game situation. We’re going to try and replicate as much of that as we can.” <p>
Luhnow said he wasn’t sure whether Springer would have to have another rehab assignment before returning to the Astros. <p>
“We haven’t made that decision,” he said. “The reason to do a rehab is in case there’s any sort of setback, you’re not burning another 15 days. That’s the worst thing to do. I know he’s anxious to get back and we’re anxious to have him back, and we have to weigh those.” <p>