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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.
Astros rookie outfielder George Springer was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game Tuesday with soreness in his right knee/quadriceps area.
Springer, who hit his 20th homer Saturday and didn’t play in Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox, did some baseball drills prior to Tuesday’s series opener at O.co Coliseum to test the leg and still had enough discomfort that didn’t allow him to play.
“I went out and did some stuff and just got some discomfort and we’ll take it from there,” Springer said.
When asked if was his knee or quad that was bothering him more, Springer said it was “overall discomfort.” He wasn’t sure when he would be able return to action, but as of now the situation doesn’t appear to warrant a stint on the disabled list.
“I don’t have a clue,” he said. “I just got to get through it and see what happens.”
Astros manager Bo Porter waited until Springer finished working out with the trainers before filling out his lineup, which again had Enrique Hernandez in center field.
“We wanted to allow him to get treatment and the training staff brought him out and went through some drills, and we went through some running and feel if he’s not able to go full speed without having discomfort, we don’t want to take any chances of it getting worse or him blowing his quad or doing something where we’re dealing with an injury that will take much longer to heal than where we’re at right now,” he said.
Porter said the DL currently isn’t an option.
“As time goes on, the information we get each and every day will allow us to make that decision as we move forward,” he said. “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.”
Astros rookie George Springer, who leads the club in RBIs and OPS, returned to the lineup Wednesday against the D-backs after missing the two previous games in Arizona with a sore right knee. He was hitting second behind Dexter Fowler and ahead of Jon Singleton.
“Two days [out] is better than 15,” Astros manager Bo Porter said of playing it safe with Springer. “He took two days, his knee calmed down, everything is fine and the trainers gave him the OK. He’s back in the lineup today.”
Springer hates missing games and told Porter on Monday and Tuesday in Arizona he could have played.
“I always try to snake my way in there no matter what,” Springer said. “Obviously, I have the utmost respect for [Porter] and the decisions he makes. He’s obviously doing it my best interest. He told me [to sit] and I said, ‘OK, I’ll get it checked out’ and now I’m good to go.”
Since making his Major League debut on April 16, Springer is tied for seven the American League in RBIs and ranks among the top 10 among AL rookies in homers (second), RBIs (second), slugging percentage (second), runs (third), on-base percentage (third), walks (third), extra-base hits (tied for third) and total bases (fourth).
Astros manager Bo Porter invited George Springer to sit alongside him in the dugout Saturday afternoon for his daily pregame chat with the media. Springer jokingly provided some details about how he told Porter he was ready to rejoin the lineup.
“I in the training room and I told him ‘Springer nine,’” he said. “He didn’t know what that meant, and I told him ‘I’m going to play nine today.’”
“I asked him if he wanted to hit ninth, and he said ‘No,’” Porter responded.
Springer was all smiles upon returning to the lineup after missing two games with a strained right hip flexor. He was in right field, batting second. When asked if it felt better than he did on Friday, Springer said with a smile: “I’m in there.”
Springer did some agility work in the outfield with head athletic trainer Nate Lucero and outfield instructor Tarrik Brock earlier in the day before he was given the green light to play.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m in there. That’s all that matters. I get to play baseball today.”
Springer suffered the injury in the ninth inning Wednesday in Anaheim when he dived back into first base on a pickoff attempt. He entered Friday hitting.353 during a five-game hitting streak that included a homer Wednesday against Jered Weaver.
“He obviously makes our team better,” Porter said. “I’m a little bit happier when he’s in the lineup than when he’s not in the lineup. Getting him back in the lineup is definitely a boost for our ballclub.
Astros right-fielder George Springer was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game Friday with a strained right hip flexor. He told reporters he still felt a little bit of stiffness, but maintains he can play.
Springer suffered the injury in the ninth inning Wednesday in Anaheim when he dived back into first base on a pickoff attempt. He hobbled off the field and showed up at Safeco Field on Thursday sore, but able to play. Alex Presley started in right field for the second game in a row.
“I think I can play every day,” Springer said. “Not much has changed since I first got here. I want to play. I feel like I can play. At the same time, you’ve got to be smart and just take it as they go. I want to play and want to try to help us.”
Springer took some early batting practice without any problems.
“Certain things will affect it,” he said. “It’s just a little stiffness and I can play through it. You’ve got to be smart. You can’t try to overdue things now just because I want to get back out there, so I trust [head athletic trainer] Nate [Lucero]. I trust them and have to listen to them and not try to go to do something when I’m not 100 percent, I guess.”
Astros manager Bo Porter said Thursday that Springer’s status was day to day and that he didn’t want to rush him back to action.
“I’m itching to get back out there,” Springer said. “Whenever I can get back out there, whenever I get the chance to get back out there, I’ll go back out there.”
Springer entered Friday hitting .240 with four homers and 15 RBIs. He’s hitting .353 during a five-game hitting streak that included a homer Wednesday against Jered Weaver. His four homers in May are tied for fifth most all-time in club history by a rookie.
In his last 19 games, Springer ranks second among Major League rookies in hits (22), second in batting average (.282), RBIs (13) and OPS (.851) and tied for third in homers (four).
Upon his arrival at Safeco Field on Thursday, Astros right fielder George Springer told manager Bo Porter he’s ready to play. Alas, Springer, who strained his right hip flexor in the ninth inning Wednesday in Anaheim, was held out of the lineup by Porter.
Springer said Thursdays he’s still sore but could play if needed. He didn’t take batting practice Thursday.
“I want to help contribute no matter what,” he said. “I like playing every day. I’m an everyday kind of guy. If I’m not playing, it’s tough. If he needs me, I’ll get ready to go out and just try to help.”
Porter typically airs on the side of caution and likes to give players an extra day when they say they’re ready.
“He’s much better, but we decided to give him a day,” Porter said. “The injury happened [Wednesday] night and it’s not something you want to risk any further damage. We’re going to give him a day today and [Friday] he’ll come out and he’ll run around.”
Representing the tying run at first with one out in a 2-1 loss to the Angels, Springer’s leg gave out on him as he tried to get back to the base as Angels right-hander Jered Weaver made a quick — and successful — pickoff move.
“I woke up today happy, breathing, so I can play,” he said.
With high-flying Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained left thumb, manager Bo Porter — who worked with Harper while a third-base coach of the Nationals for two years – expressed concern of the danger of sliding head first on the bases.
Astros rookie right fielder George Springer, who like Harper plays with ultra aggressiveness, has slid headfirst at least a couple of times since was called up, including once into home plate. Harper hurt the thumb Friday against the Padres when he slide headfirst following a three-run triple and jammed the finger into the base.
He said he’s told his players he prefers them sliding with feet first.
“I don’t like headfirst slides,” said Porter, who still communicates with Harper via text messages. “It just exposes too much of your body and you can get finger hands [hurt]. I really don’t like headfirst slides. Players, for whatever reason, guys that like to slide head first, it’s more of a knee-jerk thing as far as their sliding technique. It’s something I really don’t like, especially when you talk about first base and home plate and the risk of injuries that could happen.”
Porter admitted than when he was a player he would try not to slide head first, but sometimes instincts take over.
“I think sometimes with guys, it’s just a reaction,” he said. “You may even want to slide feet first and the ball could take the person one way or another, and before you know it your instincts take over.”
Earlier this year, Angels slugger Josh Hamilton tore a ligament in his left thumb after sliding headfirst into first base and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Harper will be sidelined when the Nats visit Minute Maid Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday he had been thinking about calling up outfield prospect George Springer for several days prior to finally pulling the trigger. Springer will be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Royals at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros also reinstated right-hander Scott Feldman from the bereavement list and designated right-hander Lucas Harrell for assignment. Outfielder Robbie Grossman was optioned to Triple-A.
Springer was hitting .353 with three homers and nine RBIs at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was the Astros’ first-round pick (No. 11 overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Luhnow said a combination of factors led to his decision to call on Springer.
“We’ve been in touch with the crew at Oklahoma City and he’s been playing some right field, some center field,” he said. “Part of what we wanted to do was give him enough reps in right field to get used to reading the ball off the bat and all that. We feel pretty good with the reps he’s got in Spring Training and the reps he’s gotten so far during the season that defensively he’s ready to go.
“Offensively, he’s been heating up the last week or so and we want to get a guy when he’s hot. Flip side of the equation is, we’ve got guys here that are really struggling offensively and we’re hoping he adds that spark to our offense and gets everybody going. We need to get [Jason] Castro, [Chris] Carter, [Matt] Dominguez – you name it — everybody needs to get going with the exception of maybe [Jose] Altuve. Even [Dexter] Fowler’s been off since he came back. What better way to get them going than to bring up the rookie that potentially could be a game-changer.”
Luhnow had initially given himself a deadline of the end of this series against the Royals to call up Springer if the club was still struggling on offense like it’s been.
“After Saturday’s game when we scored those five runs in that one inning, I thought ‘OK, well maybe we’ve turned around and I’ll give it a little more time,’” he said. “When you start a season with a group of players, you want to give them enough time to succeed, but the reality is we’re at the point where we can’t afford to have players underperforming and playing every day. We can’t have that, so in the case of both Lucas and Grossman, it was time to make a change.
“We’re not in a position where we can let players struggle for long periods of time in Houston. That’s what Triple-A is for and there are other options, and we have enough talent in our organization where everybody needs to realize that if you’re not performing there’s another option for us, and we’re going to go and get that option at some point.”
Luhnow did admit he’s worried about the pressure Springer will face being viewed by most as the man who will save the team on offense.
Last year, Springer batted .303 with a .411 on-base percentage while slugging .600 with 37 homers, 45 steals and 83 walks between Double-A Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City en route to being named the Astros’ Minor League Player of the Year.
“I am concerned about that, but not enough to not make the move happen because the reality is he’s got a history of being an exciting player who can hit home runs and steal bases and play good defense,” he said. “If he just sticks to what he’s good at, he’s going to be fine. We think he’s ready. Everybody has some transition when they get to the big leagues, and I expect he will have some transition.
“He will have our support and I fully believe that he is a type of worker and player that will quickly address any deficiencies that reveal themselves and he will be what everybody hopes and expects him to be, which is a very good to great player.”
Of course, Springer wasn’t the only player off to a great start for the RedHawks. First baseman Jon Singleton has been crushing the ball, but his arrival in Houston isn’t imminent.
“We’re happy that Singleton is off to a good start,” Luhnow said. “He does not have the Triple-A track record that Springer has yet. We feel he needs to develop that track record. We’re always going to be in a position where our fans want our top prospects to come up here sooner than we think they’re ready to come up here.
“Last year, it happened to [Jarred] Cosart. We did bring Cosart up at the right time and when he came up he contributed and helped us win ballgames. He still is showing that deserves to be at this level and is ready to help us win.
“I believe Springer, this is the right time for him. I think he’s ready defensively. He’s not going to a perfect player, but he’s going to be a darn good player and has a chance to be a very special player. We don’t feel the rest of the guys are quite there yet. We monitor it on a week to week basis and that could change.”
Grossman went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, was hitting .125 with six hits in 48 at-bats and has had a few misplays on defense. The rough start came as a surprise to Luhnow, but he hasn’t lost faith in Grossman.
“We saw what he’s capable of doing at the end of last year,” he said. “He’s capable of being a very effective two-way player and we handed him that left-field every day job and he played every game so far this year. He was given every opportunity. It was disappointing for him primarily, but also to us. I’m fully confident that Robbie will go to Triple-A and find his stroke and sort everything out and make it back here later this year and will help us win ballgames. I’m confident of that.”
When it comes to Harrell, the team was left with little choice after he went 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA to start the season. He was 11-11 with a 3.76 ERA in 32 starts in a breakout 2012 season and faltered last year and led the league in walks and losses. The Astros have 10 days to trade him, release him or send him to the Minor Leagues.
“I think the reality is we gave him all of last year and three starts this year,” Luhnow said. “He deserved all that opportunity because he was good for us in 2012, but quite frankly we feel like at this point a change of scenery may be in the best interest of both Lucas and the Astros. Whether that means with another club or Triple-A, it’s not something we feel like we can continue to do in Houston at this point.”
Luhnow said either Jerome Williams or Brad Peacock would occupy the final spot in the rotation, replacing Harrell. They both were competing for it in Spring Training before being moved to the bullpen.
“I’ll talk to Bo [Porter], but my assumption would be to give the first opportunity to both of those two guys,” he said.
Outfielder George Springer, one of the team’s most anticipated prospects in years, will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday to infuse life into the Astros offense, a source told MLB.com. Outfielder Robbie Grossman was told following Tuesday’s game he was being sent down.
The Astros have not confirmed the roster move.
Springer, the Astros No. 3 prospect and No. 21 overall, continued his assault on Minor League pitching Tuesday. He went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, a walk and four runs in Oklahoma City’s 11-9 victory at Colorado Springs. The home run was Springer’s third of the season and second in as many nights.
Springer, who was removed from Tuesday’s game Oklahoma City game at Colorado Springs, is hitting .353 with three homers and nine RBIs.
The Astros are hitting .185 as a team through 14 games with several players struggling, including Grossman. He went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and is hitting .125 with six hits in 48 at-bats.
The Astros’ top three prospects – shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Jon Singleton and outfielder George Springer – were all in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Tigers at Osceola Count y Stadium. Also in the lineup was the team’s No. 7-rated prospect Delino DeShields Jr., who replaced Dexter Fowler about 15 minutes prior to game time
Fowler was scratched because of stiffness in his neck, and the team said it was purely precautionary.
Singleton and Springer have a shot to make the Opening Day roster, but seeing them in the same lineup along with veterans like Fowler, Jose Altuve and Jason Castro gives you a glimpse of what the Astros could look like in the near future.
“It will be good to go out there and play some with pretty talented guys,” Springer said.
Astros manager Bo Porter will handle the playing time of veterans and youngsters differently. For guys like Fowler, Altuve and Chris Carter, he’ll talk with them about how many at-bats they need. The prospects get as many at-bats as Porter deems necessary.
“They’ve come here this year fresh off another year in the Minor Leagues in which they played at a high level,” Porter said. “We see these guys as part of our present and our future, and they’re going to get a long look this entire spring.”
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