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.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.