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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Collin McHugh, George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez

By on 7/26/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Houston Astros have shortstop Marwin Gonzales back in the lineup after he missed Friday with a sore hamstring. They will soon also have starter Collin McHugh back Sunday. Right fielder George Springer, though, still needs more time to recover from his quad strain. Here are the latest updates on all three players via Houston Chronicle sports writer Jose De Jesus Ortiz.

UPDATE: Collin McHugh will start Sunday vs. Miami.
Collin McHugh
De Jesus Ortiz says that pitcher Collin McHugh threw a very good bullpen session Friday, calling it "the final hurdle in his quest to come off the 15-day disabled list" and return to the Astros' rotation.

McHugh was on the disabled list with a right fingernail avulsion infection. He last pitched for the Astros on July 6. Despite a losing record of 4-8, McHugh has a 3.28 ERA 14 starts. He pitched a rehab game for Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 26, and Astros manager Bo Porter has activated him for Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins.

Jesus de Ortiz quoted Porter discussing McHugh. Said Porter,
“He’s ready to come back. … His rehab start we didn’t have any issues. The finger shouldn’t be a problem moving forward, so it will be exciting to get him back in the rotation.”
George Springer
Jesus de Ortiz tweeted Friday night about right fielder George Springer's progress -- or lack thereof -- in returning from a right quad strain, which sidelined him on July 20.

Springer has not shown enough progress to start exercise drills or test his quad. The Astros expect it will not take much longer, though, and they believe he could return to action in early August. Springer is hitting .231 with 20 HR and 51 RBI in 78 games, but he has not played since July 19.

Marwin Gonzalez

After sitting out Friday night's game with soreness in his right hamstring, shortstop Marwin Gonzales is back in the lineup for Saturday night's game vs. the Miami Marlins and batting second.
Even though he is playing, he understands the need for caution. Jesus de Ortiz quoted him discussing his condition. Said Gonzales,
“I can play, but I feel sore. It can get worse any time. I played the last three games like that, but I didn’t even run. I didn’t help the situation when I had to run.”
Gonzales is hitting .271 with 4 HR and 14 RBI in 64 games.

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