The Houston Astros have placed outfielder George Springer on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain. Springer injured his thumb on a head-first slide while being caught stealing in yesterday’s game against the Dodgers. He’s expected to be out two weeks.
Derek Fisher has been recalled from Triple-A to take his spot on the active roster. Tony Kemp will likely see the most time in the leadoff spot.
Springer is having a down season, but he’s still hitting .250/.335/.436 with 19 homers and 58 RBI. Assuming Fisher gets a lot of his playing time, it’ll be a downgrade for an Astros team doing its best to hold off the surging Oakland Athletics.
A second downgrade in as many days in fact, as Lance McCullers Jr., exited Saturday’s game after experiencing forearm soreness and was placed on the 10-day disabled list himself. Jose Altuve is riding pine right now too with a sore right knee.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.