Houston just made a huge addition for the stretch run, activating outfielder George Springer from the disabled list after he missed two months with a fractured wrist.
Springer has played 159 career games since being called up in mid-April of last year, hitting a combined .247 with 33 homers, 81 walks, 19 steals, and an .813 OPS. He strikes out a ton, but few players can match his mix of power, speed, and plate discipline.
Springer figures to play right field nearly every day, with Carlos Gomez in center field and Colby Rasmus, Preston Tucker, or Jake Marisnick in left field. Houston is in first place at 73-61, holding a two-game lead over Texas in the AL West.
George Springer is finally beginning to make legit progress in his recovery from a fractured right wrist.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on Sunday afternoon that the 25-year-old outfielder is lined up to take batting practice ahead of the Astros’ series opener against the Yankees on Monday evening in New York.
“It’s very encouraging,” said Hinch. “That’s when it starts to feel real that he’s becoming more and more of an active player, when his normal routine is like any other player on our team. … I’m thrilled with the progress that he’s made.”
Springer has been on the disabled list since July 2, a day after he took an Edinson Volquez pitch off his right arm. He was sporting an .822 OPS, 13 homers, and 14 steals in 75 games before the injury.
Springer should be ready to rejoin the AL West-leading Astros in early September.
Today Michael Baumann of Grantland takes an enjoyable look at Evan Gattis. Specifically, at the weirdest thing about his 2015 season. He’s a triples machine:
So it’s become a source of great joy that on a team with quite a few guys who can both hit and run — Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Carlos Gomez, Colby Rasmus, and the now-injured George Springer — Gattis leads the Astros in triples, with nine. In fact, he has more triples than the rest of the Astros combined. He’s tied for the second-most triples in baseball.
Along the way Baumann ranks Gattis’ nine triples and says an awful lot of funny things about Gattis. Such as the fact that “He has a beard not because it’s cool, but because men like him have beards the way most of us have a liver or kidneys — as a necessary life function.”
As expected, the Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist. But he’s going to be gone longer than 15 days. The estimate: six weeks. All thanks to an Edinson Volquez fastball whch hit Springer on the wrist while traveling at a brisk 96 m.p.h. last night.
Springer has been hot of late, having been moved up to the leadoff spot where he has hit .325 with 12 RBI since June 1 and with a nice mix of speed and power. Now it’ll be up to Alex Presley, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his place in right field, to fill his shoes.