Houston Astros: George Springer edging even closer to a return

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer is edging closer to a return. What’s the latest on his progress as he tries to get back to the diamond? Look.

The Houston Astros continue to battle through the plethora of injury challenges that they’ve faced with relative ease.  This team is without a good chunk of their core stars, yet they continue to keep on churning out the wins as if they’re going out of style.

It’s the young guns that are getting it done.  Guys like Yordan Alvarez, Jack Mayfield and even Garrett Stubbs have provided plenty to the lineup to keep this train moving along at swift pace from one station to another.

But it’ll even be more refreshing once the core starts to immerse themselves back into the lineup.  Yes — Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer have missed extended time with their respective injuries but according to a recent report, Springer looks like he’s on track to making a return soon.

According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Springer fielded fly balls in center field — his primary position — earlier today before the start of their matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays.

McTaggart also writes that he will be traveling with the team to Cincinnati to run the bases and if all goes well, he’ll be out on rehab assignment along with Altuve in addition to Collin McHugh and Max Stassi are all in with Triple-A Round Rock, trying to knock the rust off as a result of their extended stay on the injured list.

Springer is suffering from a left hamstring injury that has had him out since last month and the Houston Astros are being quite cautious of not trying to bring him back too soon.  Although he returned briefly May 24 during the team’s Memorial Day Weekend series at home against the Boston Red Sox, he had to take himself out of that game because of how he felt.

Springer hasn’t been back in the lineup since.

This is actually refreshing news to hear considering I wouldn’t hear anything about his progress

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until likely for a few more weeks.  But it seems that he’s closer than ever to re-claim his spot in the lineup as the lead-off hitter.

With the positional players getting healthy, it’s going to create a logjam for our players on the fringe, particularly Tyler White and Tony Kemp.  Although Kemp has more value as a base runner, defender and hitter, White could be the odd man out.

Nonetheless, let’s monitor the progress of how Springer is coming along in his recovery as it will be interesting to see if there are any setbacks.

Good luck George.

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Springer was batting .308/.389/.643 for a 1.032 OPS along with 17 homers and 43 RBIs to boot before his injury.