George Springer suffers setback in rehab game

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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.

Report: Rays sign Brandon Lowe to six-year, $24 million contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.

Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.

MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.