Astros outfielder George Springer was expected to be activated off the 15-day disabled list before the weekend, but that is not going to happen now.
According to beat reporter Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Springer aggravated his strained left quadriceps muscle while playing in what was supposed to be his final minor league rehab game Wednesday night at Low-A Quad Cities. Springer is headed to Houston to visit with Astros team doctors and the 24-year-old former first-round pick could now remain sidelined through the middle part of August. He landed on the disabled list July 23.
Springer was sporting an .804 OPS, 20 home runs, and 51 RBI through his first 78 major league games.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”