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George Springer diagnosed with a “mild concussion”

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On Tuesday Houston outfielder George Springer smashed his head into the wall after making a great catch in the Astros’ loss to Milwaukee. He had to be carted off the field. Yesterday morning the club suggested that Springer may have a chance to avoid the injured list, but today they announced that he has been diagnosed with a “mild concussion.”

The quotation marks are because even “mild” concussions are serious and, as such, the team is keeping him out of action at least through the weekend and into early next week, when it is hoped he might return.

Springer, the Astros’ leadoff hitter, is batting .297/.389/.573 with 30 homers on the year. He’ll be missed, but the Astros lead in the AL West is more than secure and the most important thing is getting him healthy.


Mattingly: Marlins sidelined by virus are ‘feeling great’

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Maimi Marlins players sidelined by COVID-19 are all asymptomatic, and some have applied for reinstatement, according to manager Don Mattingly.

The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed. The infected players returned to Miami to be quarantined, and will likely need rehab workouts before rejoining the team.

“They feeling great,” Mattingly said. “They all feel like they’re ready to go. There are a lot of guys who have applied for reinstatement. How long that takes, I’m not sure. But they feel like they’re ready to at least get back and start doing something.”

Players on the COVID-19 injury list must be cleared by the MLB joint committee before returning.

Mattingly made his comments before the Marlins’ game against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, where they concluded a season-opening trip that turned into a 23-day marathon because of scheduling changes necessitated by the outbreak.

The team plays at Marlins Park for the first time this season Friday against Atlanta.