Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow announced that George Springer will be out at least another two weeks following a setback in his recovery from a quad strain.
“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. 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 the lineup and in the outfield. We’re going to have to wait until he’s completely healthy. We don’t want to take any more risks.”
George Springer, 24, has hit .231 with 20 home runs in 78 games this season.
The Astros do expect to see Springer come back this season, though it they may have to wait until September to see their rookie phenom on the field.
If Springer is out the minimum two weeks, he is still likely going to need a few rehab games to get into the swing of things. If cleared at that point, we may see Springer in late August. However, I think we may have to wait until the calendar turns to September.
There’s no reason to rush Springer. The Astros have plenty of outfielders that need at-bats and they know what they have in Springer. Dexter Fowler is expected to return shortly and Jake Marisnick and Robbie Grossman have been playing pretty well as of late.
The Astros offense has been pretty inconsistent without Springer and expect it to remain that way until he returns.